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Coin minted in honour of Beatrix Potter's birth.

PETER Rabbit is to become the first children's literary character to appear on a UK coin.

Beatrix Potter's vegetable thief will feature on a silver 50p released to mark the 150th anniversary of the author's birth in 1866.

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.

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

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

The Tale Of Peter Rabbit was an instant success after being picked up in 1902 by British children's publisher Frederick Warne & Co.


The Royal Mint's special edition coloured Peter Rabbit coin to mark 150 years since the author's birth

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 1, 2016
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