Rare new coloured Beatrix Potter 50p coins are out and they look amazing
Just when you thought all the new coin mayhem was finally dying down, they go and release 50p coins in colour that are now selling for £1,000 on eBay!
Credit: The Royal Mint
Just days after the very cool 12-sided £1 coin hit tills and purses (and as is customary with these things, hit eBay too), a line of painted 50p coins featuring characters from the Peter Rabbit book series has been released.
The world-famous little animals have been painted onto the coins in the style of author Beatrix Potter’s original illustrations.
As a complete collection of four – Peter Rabbit, Jeremy Fisher, Tom Kitten, and Benjamin Bunny – Peter has been the first to be released this week.
But, for those of you desperate to get your paws on one, the news hasn't been so good.
Demand has been so high that the Royal Mint website crashed with buyers being forced to join a queue of up to 30,000 people just to access the site!
When we logged on to take a look at the new coins on Monday evening, we casually slipped in there, 47,571st in line.
What’s the big deal?
Credit: The Royal Mint
The painted collection is released this week to celebrate Beatrix Potter's 150th anniversary.
The anniversary was officially back in 2016, but following the massive success of a previous round of coins that had the characters etched into them, the team behind the coins decided to do it all over again, this time upping their game with a splash of colour.
More than 45 million copies of Potter’s original book, The Tale Of Peter Rabbit, have been sold since it was first published in 1902. It's never been out-of-print and some two million mini-copies are sold each year.
In fact, the story is even making it to the big screen soon. Filming starts this month on a Hollywood remake with the vocal talent of James Corden as the rabbit himself.
How do I get one?
Sadly, naughty punters have swooped in early and snapped up the £60 colour collectibles, only to try and flog them on eBay for as much as £1,000 each. We wish we were joking.
As you can see from the images above, the five coin packs that were originally selling on the Royal Mint site for £50 are now going for £900 a pop.
The plain silver ones are still available, though, for £10 each. So if you don't mind waiting around in a virtual line for four hours, it's all yours!
Got a shiny new £1 coin? Don't get rid of your old round pounds just yet – they could be worth a few!