Introducing the Benjamin Bunny 50p Coin
Beatrix Potter has been charming the world’s children ever since her first story about Peter Rabbit was published in 1902. As part of the popular Great British Coin Hunt, the Royal Mint announced the first Beatrix Potter 50p collection in 2016 to celebrate the beloved author’s 150th birthday. Based on its success, a new 50p coin collection was released for 2017 featuring more characters, each still based on Potter’s original watercolour designs. The final coin in 2017’s four-coin collection is the Benjamin Bunny 50p coin, issued to commemorate Peter’s famous cousin, Benjamin Bunny. Introduced in “The Tale of Benjamin Bunny,” the story follows Peter and Benjamin returning to Mr. McGregor’s garden to rescue the clothes Peter lost in his first story.
Benjamin Bunny 50p Coin
The design, by Emma Noble, features Benjamin in his oversized Tam o’ Shanter hat, holding his jacket, and one of Mr. McGregor’s radishes. The fine texture of the coin’s design also mimics the quality of Potter’s original illustration of the bunny. The obverse design is of the fifth definitive portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark. The coin comes in a fold-out case, with more information about Benjamin’s adventures and the life of Beatrix Potter.
(Caption: Beatrix Potter’s Illustration of Peter and Benjamin gather onions for Mrs. Rabbit)
How Much is a Benjamin Bunny 50p Worth?
The Benjamin Bunny 50p Brillant Uncirculated mintage has not been officially released. On eBay, as of 2019, the highest single Benjamin Bunny 50p coin went for an amazing £950. The seller did not specify if it was a circulation coin or a BU coin.
Other Versions of the Benjamin Bunny Coins
The Royal Mint also released 25 million base metal coins into circulation as well as a Silver Proof version (40,000 mintage) of the Benjamin Bunny 50 pence.
Other Beatrix Potter Coins
Fans of Beatrix Potter should know that there are 13 other coins in the entire series to find. (We have a Beatrix Potter guide that gives you an overview of the all the collections.) If you’re interested in the other coins in the 2017 Beatrix Potter collection, check out the 2017 Peter Rabbit 50p, Tom Kitten 50p, and Mr Jeremy Fisher 50p.
|Reverse Designer||Emma Noble|
|Obverse Designer||Jody Clark|