Beatrix Potter's Mischievous Peter Rabbit Is To Get His Own 50p Coin!

2016 Beatrix Potter 50 pence coin

In honour of Beatrix Potter, the beloved character Peter Rabbit will become the first children's literary figure to appear on a UK coin.

Beatrix Potter's mischievous Peter Rabbit is to become the first children's literary character to appear on a UK coin.

Yep, the mischievous bunny will feature on a special commemorative silver 50p coin released in honour of the 150th anniversary of the writer's birth in 1866.

And that's not all. The Royal Mint said three more Potter characters will feature on special edition coins released later in the year to complete a four-piece set.

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

She said: "I wanted to put Beatrix Potter's illustrations to the forefront of my design as they are lovely images and the characters are very well known.

"I felt they were strong enough to stand alone and I designed them in this way as I thought they would work best for both the coloured commemorative and uncoloured circulating coins."

Uncoloured regular 50p coins featuring the designs will be released into general circulation later this year.

Peter Rabbit

The Tale of Peter Rabbit - telling the story of a determined vegetiable thief - was an instant hit when it was first published in 1902 by Frederick Warne & Co.

Peter went on to appear in five further books by the author but Potter sadly died in 1943 at the age of 77.