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Rare Beatrix Potter Coin Sells For £430 On eBay - Do You Have One?

Rare Beatrix Potter Coin Sells For £430 On eBay - Do You Have One?

In the lead up to Christmas, you may be looking to find cash wherever you can get it and we could have some good news for some of you - if you have a rare Beatrix Potter coin in your purse, you may find yourself £430 better off.

The coin to hunt for is a 50p piece illustrated with Mrs Tittlemouse from the much-loved Peter Rabbit books and was launched in the third release of the books' coins in 2018.

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A Mrs Tittlemouse coin is causing a stir for the amount it is selling for. (Credit: Royal Mint)
A Mrs Tittlemouse coin is causing a stir for the amount it is selling for. (Credit: Royal Mint)

Just recently, one of the Mrs Tittlemouse coins sold on eBay for 860 times its original value. It attracted just two bids and ended up being sold for the asking price of £430. It is a whopping upgrade from just 50p.

Beatrix Potter coins have long been sought after, in particular the ones illustrating Peter Rabbit himself, which have a mintage of 1.4 million.

This Mrs Tittlemouse coin sold for £430 on eBay. (Credit: eBay)
This Mrs Tittlemouse coin sold for £430 on eBay. (Credit: eBay)

Peter Rabbit coins were launched originally in 2016 as part of a series to celebrate 150 years since the birth of the author of the beloved bunny, Beatrix Potter, but there were two collections of coins released in 2017 and 2018 afterwards too. And it is the 2018 collection that has the least amount of Peter Rabbitillustrated coins in circulation, meaning it is rarer.

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The Mrs Tittlemouse 2018 coin however is the third rarest in the Beatrix Potter collection, with 1.7 million in circulation. While that may sound a lot, when you compare it to the Britannia 1997 50p coin's 456,364,100 mintage, it gives you an idea of how rare these coins actually are.

Mrs Tittlemouse is part of the Peter Rabbit series by Beatrix Potter (Credit: Wikimedia)
Mrs Tittlemouse is part of the Peter Rabbit series by Beatrix Potter (Credit: Wikimedia)

The coins were created by designer Emma Noble, who has previously worked on pieces commemorating the Diamond Jubilee and Remembrance Sunday.

And judging by the amount some of these coins sell for, it is quite clear the Peter Rabbit collection is still incredibly valuable to collectors.

This Kew Gardens coin is the rarest in circulation (Credit: Royal Mint)
This Kew Gardens coin is the rarest in circulation (Credit: Royal Mint)

So if you've got one lurking and you need some cash, get yourself onto eBay. Think of all the extra Christmas gifts you could buy!

The Peter Rabbit and friends illustrated coins aren't the only valuable ones to look out for either.

Back in October, the Royal Mint released a list of the rarest 50ps to mark 50 years since the introduction of the coin.

The rarest one still in circulation is the 2009 Kew Gardens 50p, with just 210,000 of them produced, according to the government-owned coin producer, and it has been selling on eBay for as much as £599.

Best pull out those sofas and empty your jean pockets ASAP.

Featured Image Credit: Royal Mint

Topics: Life News

Lauren Bell

A freelance journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a journalism degree, Lauren started off in real life magazines before moving into the fashion and lifestyle sector at the likes of Mail Online and Sun Online. Contact Tyla: [email protected]

 

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