Loose change has never been so valuable thanks to the release of numerous limited edition coins over the past few years, with rare editions selling for far more than their face value.
While rarities have included the London Olympics 50 pence pieces and a commemorative coin celebrating 250 years of Kew Gardens in 2009, it seems the most sought after tender currently is the collection of Beatrix Potter 50p coins.
The Beatrix Potter coin collection
In 2016, The Royal Mint created a collection of special 50p coins to mark 150 years since the birth of Beatrix Potter.
The limited edition coins depict characters from the author’s popular children’s story, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, with Peter Rabbit proving to be one of the most popular (and most valuable) coins in the series.
One of the coins recently sold for £1,000 on eBay, after five people bid for the rare rabbit 50 pence piece, while another sold for £840.
While the 2016 coins are the rarest and most sought after, there have been additional releases in 2017 and 2018, with coins featuring Flopsy Bunny, Mrs Tittlemouse, The Tailor of Gloucester and a new Peter Rabbit design launched by the Royal Mint earlier this year.
And with plenty of the coins in circulation, if you get your hands on one it could fetch a pretty penny at auction.
Which coins are the most valuable?
Coin collectors may be eagerly hunting down the various designs from the collection, but some of the tender is more valuable than the rest.
Here’s how much each of the character designs are worth.
The 2016 coins are the rarest of the Peter Rabbit designs and feature an up-close portrait of the character’s face.
The silver version has fetched as much £1,000 on eBay, but is currently available on The Royal Mint website for only £10, while the coloured portrait is valued at a more pricey £55.
In 2017, another silver coin depicted the rabbit mid-run was released, valued at £10, while the rarer, collectable coloured edition of the same design is priced at £60.
The final 2018 release, featuring a colourful Peter munching on a carrot, is also valued at £60.
Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Squirrel Nutkin,
Two versions of these characters were released in 2016, depicting a portrait on each edition.
The plain silver versions are valued at £10, while the enhanced colour edition are much more valuable at £60 each, and £55 for Squirrel Nutkin.
Of all the 2016, the Jemima Puddle-Duck coins are considered to be the rarest and most valuable as only 2.1 million were released into circulation, compared to the 9.6 million of Peter Rabbit, making them much harder to get hold of.
Tom Kitten, Benjamin Bunny, Jeremy Fisher
Two versions of these characters were released in 2017, depicting a portrait on each edition.
The plain silver versions are valued at £10, while the enhanced colour edition are much more valuable at £60 each.
Flopsy Bunny, Mrs Tittlemouse, The Tailor of Gloucester
Released in 2018, the plain silver version of these character coins are priced at £10, while the colourful portrait coins have a value of £60.
Beatrix Potter Anniversary Coin
Released in celebration of Beatrix Potter’s life, these anniversary coins features the dates 1866 to 1943, with Peter Rabbit pictured at the centre.
Available in silver and gold, these 2016 releases are valued at £55 and £780 respectively.
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