A First for Royal Mint: Who is Beatrix Potter?

Have you carefully checked your purse? You could have one of the many circulating Peter Rabbit 50 pence, which you could sell for £20 or higher.

It is the first coin that features a fictional character created by The Royal Mint in commemoration of Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday. Add it to your collection of British silver and gold coins that you may buy from trusted online sellers, like Atkinsons Bullion.

But what makes Beatrix and her adorable characters special to be featured on coins?

Who is Beatrix Potter?

Often confused with a character in the Harry Potter novels, Helen Beatrix Potter is the author and illustrator of twenty-three children’s books, including The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Before becoming a published author, Beatrix showed a fascination in making illustrations. She drew their pets that include rabbits, frogs and snakes, and some of her favourite stories like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

In addition, she showed interest in the natural world at a young age and as she is privately educated, she spent her time sketching plants and fungi. To pursue her passion for natural science, Beatrix became a natural scientist and conservationist by which contemporary experts acknowledged some of her studies about fungi.

The Tale of Peter and his Friends

Since women in the Victorian era faced many restrictions, Beatrix has made her passion useful by turning her picture letters into a book. As several publishers turned her down, she published her first 250 copies on her own and gave them to her family and friends.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit eventually caught the attention of publishers and became a bestseller. She then continued to publish more of her stories like The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin and The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck. All these three characters are featured in the commemorative coins including, Beatrix Potter’s name in gold proof.

The 50p commemorative coin was created to celebrate the birth of a woman with resilience, creativity and vision despite the prejudice and restrictions in her era. Beatrix Potter continues to inspire people of all generations as a genius writer, a passionate illustrator and a responsible environmentalist.