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How much is the Jemima Puddle-Duck 50p worth and is it 'rare'? Questions answered; More than 2million Jemima Puddle-Duck fifty pence pieces entered circulation 2016 to mark the anniversary of literary genius Beatrix Potter -and some of them are selling for a lot more than face value.

Byline: By, Emma Munbodh

In 2016, the Royal Mint launched a new Beatrix Potter 50p series -and collectors have been paying well above face value for them ever since.

The original Peter Rabbit and the Jemima Puddle-Duck editions have been trading hands for more than [pounds sterling]100 on eBay, especially those in colour.

They were first released four years ago to mark the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter -with thousands entering circulation through the Lake District where she lived and wrote some of her most famous books.

But with a dozen different designs in circulation, what makes the Jemima Puddle-Duck so special and how much is it worth

'The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck' features a domestic duck, named Jemima, whose character is featured on the 50p coin.

In 2016, three versions of it were issued by the Royal Mint -the silver coloured 50p, the brilliant uncirculated 50p and the circulation 50p.

Brilliant uncirculated coins are specially struck and handled by The Royal Mint to ensure the pristine unblemished finish that collectors value.

The circulation 50p coins are the coins you find in your change -and often, it's the ones with the lowest mintage the least in circulation that are worth the most.

When The Royal Mint released the mintage figures for the 2016 Beatrix Potter 50p coins, what immediately caught the attention of collectors was the minimal amount of Jemima Puddle-Duck coins that had been struck compared to the rest of the series.

Only 2.1million were released into circulation, that's less than 20% of Peter rabbit and half the amount of Squirrel Nutkin which has the second lowest mintage.

As a result, it became a 'collectable'.

So how much is it worth

On eBay, these coins have been known to exchange hands for above [pounds sterling]100 -but it's the colourful editions that are selling for the most.

The standard circulated versions are trading hands for around [pounds sterling]5 -though this does not mean they won't be worth more in years to come.

Philip Mussell, the director of Coin News, says it's the 'error' coins that are often worth the most, as these have extremely low mintage numbers.

The Olympic Swimmer 50p is the prime example of this.

In 2010 and 2011, 29 new 50p designs were released into circulation to mark the 2012 Olympics.

This included an Olympics Swimmer coin featuring wavy lines across the swimmer's face, however, only 600 were ever produced before the design was amended to show the athlete's full face.

As a result, they became 'valuable' -with one lucky seller recently trading his for [pounds sterling]10,000 on eBay.

"A coin's value may surge when a mistake is made by the Royal Mint, like a 20p without a date, for example, or a 1983 2p coin accidentally printed with the old wording 'New Pence'. Mistakes are eminently collectable," Mussell explains.

"Other collectibles are redesigns or limited edition releases. For example, an Olympic 50p with a swimmer was recently re-released.

"The first minting had a swimmer with waves obscuring her face but the designer didn't want that, so they unobscured her face and made it clear of wavy lines. Think you may have a rare coin in your change

You can see our guides on rare 50p coins and other special denominations, here.

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