Royal Mint to launch new Tom Kitten coin to mark Beatrix Potter’s birth
The Royal Mint have confirmed they will be launching their fifth Beatrix Potter coin in August, and it will feature an image of the mischievous Tom Kitten.Credit: The Royal Mint
Celebrations to commemorate the late writer’s 150th birthday were kicked off in 2016 with coins picturing Jemima Puddleduck, Squirrel Nutkin, and Mrs Tiggywinkle. Peter Rabbit and Jeremy Fisher were unveiled earlier this year (which we covered) to continue showing appreciation for the author.
Beatrix Potter was born in 1866 and published her first book in 1902, and yet two million copies of her books continue to be sold every year around the world. She was a revered writer, artist, businesswoman, and pioneer. Peter Rabbit has sold 45 million copies worldwide and remains to the oldest licensed literary character.
The new Tom Kitten coin has been produced to continue celebrating this success. It will be special edition and is expected to sell out quickly just as the previous coins have.
How can I get one?
Tom Kitten coins will not be in general circulation so you will have to pay if you want one. They will be available in both colour and silver from The Royal Mint’s online shop, royalmint.com, in August, although the exact date is yet to be announced (we'll be keeping an eye out).
Previous coins were priced at around £60 each. Buying one will take some dedication too, as last time around people queued for up to four hours to bag a Peter Rabbit coin. In fact we queued ourselves just to see and were the 47,572nd in line!
You may decide it’s worth the time and effort though, since such small numbers of these coins will make them desirable in years to come.
If you have recently decided to start collecting these coins, you can still buy the Jeremey Fisher and Peter Rabbit 50p coins on The Royal Mint’s website, although the colour editions have now sold out.
Anne Jessop of The Royal Mint is delighted with the success of the Potter coins, explaining that they:
sold out almost instantly as people raced to collect a complete set of the four friends. We’re delighted to be able to present another group of her exquisite characters, giving them a new lease of life on our specially-designed coloured commemorative coins.
Inspiration for the design
Credit: The Royal Mint
The Tom Kitten coin will feature an illustration of a playful, wide-eyed cat, either in colour or silver depending on the buyer’s preference.
Like the previous coins, the design reflects the hand-painted illustrations which Beatrix Potter drew for her children’s books. The other side of the coin will be the recognisable portrait of the Queen, designed by Jody Clark and currently in circulation.
Emma Noble, coin designer at The Royal Mint, was selected to design this year’s collection of Potter coins. Noble has previously designed coins commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation, Remembrance Sunday, and King George I.
Brand manager for Peter Rabbit at Penguin Ventures, Thomas Merrington, said:
We are so delighted to be working once again with The Royal Mint on a new series of Beatrix Potter coins.
The success of the original range is testament to the incredible craftsmanship and attention to detail that Emma Noble achieved in her designs and also to the love and affection shown towards Beatrix Potter’s characters by the general public.”
We can’t wait to see which of the new character designs will be most popular.
Benjamin Bunny is the final edition in this coin collection, and is expected to be released sometime in the autumn. Make sure you keep an eye out for the release date of the Tom Kitten coins over the coming days.
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