Peter Rabbit is one of the most beloved characters in Britain. He made his first appearance back in 1902, and has recently made a comeback in the form of a new film.
He’s also one of a variety of Beatrix Potter characters that have their face on a coin. Coin collectors may be able to find an original Peter Rabbit 50p coin amongst their spare change, but some of the later versions are true collectors’ items and won’t be found in circulation.
Let’s delve into the details of the various versions of the Peter Rabbit 50p coin!
Peter Rabbit is one of Beatrix Potter’s most beloved characters, created more than 118 years ago. He’s been a favorite amongst parents and children for more than a century, and the story is considered to be a classic.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the famous English author’s birth in 2016, the Royal Mint released a group of themed 50p coins, including Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Squirrel Nutkin, Jemima Puddle-Duck, and a Beatrix Potter 150 Anniversary 50p coin
Three different types of coin were released – circulation coins (those that can be used as currency), BU coins (Brilliant Uncirculated, with a pristine finish and themed packaging), and a Silver Proof Coloured coin (featuring the same image, but in colour, in the same watercolour style as painted by Beatrix Potter).
9,700,000 Peter Rabbit 50p coins were produced in 2016, as well as around 94,000 BU coins. There were, however, only 15,000 Silver Proof Coloured coins, which sold out so quickly it caused the Royal Mint website to crash.
Due to the huge popularity of the Peter Rabbit 50p coin, four more versions have been released since 2016.
In 2017, the Royal Mint released 19,300,000 Peter Rabbit 50p coins into circulation. 30,000 Silver Proof coins were also released, and were limited to three coins per household.
As well as these, just 450 Gold Proof coins were minted and displayed in a presentation with the book. They also introduced new 50p coin characters alongside the 2017 Peter Rabbit coin, including Tom Kitten, Jeremy Fisher, and Benjamin Bunny.
2018 saw just 1,400,000 coins in general circulation, an unlimited amount of BU coins, 35,000 Silver Proof coins, and 450 Gold Proof coins.
The 2019 Peter Rabbit 50p coin was a commemorative coin only, and was not put into circulation at all by the Royal Mint. These are known as NIFC coins – not intended for circulation.
An unlimited number of Brilliant Uncirculated coins, 35,000 Silver Proof coins, and 500 Gold Proof coins were produced.
Although the Royal Mint didn’t circulate these coins, a group called The Great British Coin Hunt unofficially released 400 of these coins into circulation, so there’s a chance of finding one in your small change.
The 2020 Peter Rabbit 50p coin will be the last to depict the iconic little bunny. It has not been put into circulation, and your only opportunity to own one of these will be to buy it from the Royal Mint.
It features an original illustration by Beatrix Potter. An unlimited number of Brilliant Uncirculated coins will be minted, 14,500 Silver Proof coins, and just 500 Gold Proof coins.
Where Can I Buy a Peter Rabbit 50p Coin?
We offer coins, when available on our store. You can find the latest Peter Rabbit 50p coins on the Royal Mint’s website, along with the rest of the Beatrix Potter character collection. Note that many of the coins are no longer available as they’re out of stock and are no longer being produced.
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You can also find them offered by coin collectors, as well as on sites like Amazon and eBay. It’s advisable to do your research before purchasing from collectors or other sites.
For example, Proof Coins should come with an original Certificate of Authenticity, also known as a COA. This features a unique number from the Royal Mint to confirm that the coin is the real deal.
Which Peter Rabbit 50p Coin is Most Valuable?
If you’re looking at cost, a Peter Rabbit 2020 Gold Proof coin will set you back £1,125.00 on the Royal Mint website.
In terms of rarity, coin experts state that the lower the mintage number, the more valuable the coin. According to ChangeChecker’s latest Scarcity Index, the 2018 Peter Rabbit is high up there. This refers to coins that are in circulation, not NIFC coins.
It’s hard to get a good estimate on value when it comes to NIFC coins, as collectors sell them off at their own prices. But it’s generally accepted that one of the most valuable Peter Rabbits is the original 2016 BU coin, which can go for hundreds on auction sites.
There’s some confusion as to the reason these coins sell for so much, despite a price of only £10 on the Royal Mint website. Although the coins were selling for £10 at one time, they’re no longer available through the Royal Mint, meaning your only chance of owning one is either buying it from a collector, or coming across one by chance in your small change.
How Much is the Peter Rabbit 2016 50p Worth?
Although they are no longer available on the Royal Mint website, the original 2016 Peter Rabbit 50p coin is considered a common coin, due to its high mintage number (9,600,000). You can find these coins selling for around £2 on eBay.
If you’re looking at the Silver Proof version, it’s valued at £55 on the Royal Mint site, but is no longer in stock. This has led to it being known to sell for up to £1000 online.
Be aware that this coin has been the subject of much fraudulent selling activity. Some sellers claim that their coin is a rare “Half Whisker” version, but the truth is that every 2016 Peter Rabbit coin minted has a “half whisker”.
How Much is the Peter Rabbit 2017 50p Worth?
With almost 20 million 2017 coins in circulation, the 2017 Peter Rabbit 50p coin is also considered to be common. The circulated and BU versions go for just a few pounds on eBay, with the Silver Proof versions fetching prices in the £30s.
There are no 2017 coins in stock at Royal Mint, so collectors can ask what they wish for them.
How Much is the Peter Rabbit 2018 50p Worth?
With only 1,400,000 of the 2018 Peter Rabbit 50p coins circulated, these are somewhat more rare than the previous two. They’re listed as the rarest of the Peter Rabbit circulated coins on Change Checker’s Scarcity Index.
According to coin website Fifty Pence, the approximate value of a circulated 2018 coin in average condition is £1, in excellent condition is £3, and an uncirculated coin is worth around £10.
You can still buy the Gold Proof coin on the Royal Mint’s site for £1130.
How Much is the Peter Rabbit 2019 50p Worth?
The 2019 Peter Rabbit 50p coin was never released into circulation by the Royal Mint. They were commemorative coins only, and as such can sell for up to £10 online, as well as on the Royal Mint’s site.
The Silver Proof coins have been known to sell for close to £40 on eBay, but are still available (at the time of writing) for £67.50 on the Royal Mint.
How Much is the Peter Rabbit 2020 50p Worth?
You can purchase a 2020 Brilliant Uncirculated coin from the Royal Mint for £10. The Gold Proof costs £1,125. The Silver Proof is sold out and as yet, we have no information about collector’s prices online.
What Beatrix Potter Coin is the Rarest?
The rarity of coins is determined by their mintage. According to the numbers minted, the rarest Beatrix Potter coins are the 2018 Peter Rabbit and Flopsy Bunny, both of which had 1,400,000 minted.
What Rare 50p Coins are Most Valuable?
Apart from the Beatrix Potter series, there are a few rare 50p coins that are valuable thanks to their scarcity.
The 2009 Kew Gardens 50p tops the list, with only 210,000 coins minted. The original circulated coins have been sold on eBay for upwards of £200. Uncirculated coins and collectors’ editions can fetch even higher prices.
Following that, the next few on the list are from the 2012 London Olympics set. These ones are rare, although less so than Kew Gardens. They go for between 6 and 40 times their face value.