After the unbelievable success of the 2016 and 2017 Beatrix Potter 50p series, many people would’ve been hoping for, perhaps even anticipating, more coins in 2018.
Well, I’m delighted to tell you that another four Beatrix Potter designs have just been announced by The Royal Mint!
The best news is that the 2018 Peter Rabbit 50p is available to order in BU quality TODAY!
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the delightful characters that’ll grace the 2018 Beatrix Potter 50p series:
This is the third Peter Rabbit 50p to be released by The Royal Mint and is the only character to feature in each of the Beatrix Potter series.
The 2018 design show an iconic image of Peter Rabbit munching on radishes, the reason for his near-miss in Mr Mcgregor’s garden!
Flopsy Bunny is the next character in the 2018 series. She is, in fact, married to Benjamin Bunny who featured in the 2017 series.
The design for Flopsy Bunny places the little rabbit centre stage, with Flopsy characteristically dressed in her little jacket.
The Tailor of Gloucester
The Taylor of Gloucester coin features an iconic image from the book. One of the helpful little mice sits crossed legged on a reel or skein of ‘twist’, complete with miniature spectacles and newspaper.
Mrs Tittlemouse carries the basket she uses to gather her dinner. The finest of details, like the mouse’s tiny whiskers and beady eye, have been captured on the coin’s small surface.
The reverse of all the 2018 Beatrix Potter 50p coins have been designed by Emma Noble who’s designs have featured on a number of other Royal Mint coins.
So, if you’re looking forward to collecting these fantastic new coins, let us know by leaving a comment on this blog.
The 2018 Peter Rabbit 50p is available to own TODAY
The Royal Mint has today released a brand new UK £5 coin that celebrates the 250th Anniversary of the founding of the Royal Academy of Arts.
The coin is available as a Silver Proof UK coin as standard, but The Royal Mint have also made another version. This version has been struck to base metal specifications and has initially been made exclusive to Change Checkers.
The reverse of this £5 has been designed by architect Sir David Chipperfield RA, and features the mid-19th century frontage of the famous Burlington House of the Royal Academy, with ornate sculptures on the roof.
What’s more, a mintage of just 12,000 has been set, making this the rarest base metal UK £5 coin ever!
The other £5 coins that make up the top 3 are The Queen Anne £5 coin that commemorates the 300th Anniversary of the death of Queen Anne – the first queen of Great Britain who left behind political stability and prosperity. Just 12,181 of these coins were struck in Brilliant Uncirculated presentation packs which made it the rarest UK £5 coin ever…until now!
The Prince Philip £5 coin, the third rarest with a mintage of 18,730, is extremely sought after by collectors and is virtually impossible to get hold of on the secondary market. In fact, sold listings on eBay show that the Prince Philip £5 coin regularly fetches in excess of £50!
Remember, when it comes to collecting, there is one fact which is always inevitable –the rarest coins are always in highest demand.
The Royal Academy of Arts
Founded through a personal act of King George III on 10 December 1768, The Royal Academy of Arts (RA) is an art institution based in Burlington House on Piccadilly in London.
It has a unique position as an independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists and architects; its purpose is to promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate.
The Royal Academy does not receive financial support from the state or the Crown. Its income is from exhibitions, trust and endowment funds, receipts from its trading activities, and from the subscriptions of its Friends and corporate members.
It also gains funds by sponsorship from commercial and industrial companies, in which the Academy was one of the pioneers.
2018 UK Royal Academy of Arts BU £5
This brand new £5 has been struck to a Brilliant Uncirculated quality and has initially been made exclusively available to Change Checkers.
What’s more, an edition limit of just 12,000 has been set, making this the rarest base metal UK £5 coin ever!
Last year we reported on the ‘Dual-dated £1 coin error’ where the dates on the obverse and reverse were different, one reading 2016 and the other 2017.
Now another £1 coin ‘error’ has been discovered and this one is very interesting indeed! It would appear that a 12-sided £1 coin die has been struck on an old round £1 coin blank.
In the past week alone, we’ve seen 3 examples of this ‘error’ coin.
The first was from a Change Checker from Burnham-on-Sea who told us that they’d listed the coin on eBay. After receiving 22 bids, the coin sold for £205!
Another coin is being sold at an auction in London on Wednesday 21st February. The auctioneers, ‘Timeline’, who are based in Berkeley Square, describe the coin as an “exceptional modern rarity” and go on to say “…the coin is sure to attract much attention when it crosses the block later this year”.
The third report we have received was this morning from another Change Checker. Our advice to anybody who believes they have found this coin, or any other ‘error’ coins, would be to send the coin off to The Royal Mint Museum who offer a free verification service.
They will send the coin back to you with confirmation of their findings, which can take a few weeks depending on demand for the service. Here is the address:
Dr Kevin Clancy, Director of the Museum, The Royal Mint Museum, Llantrisant, Pontyclun, CF72 8YT
As yet, we have not seen proof that these coins have been verified by The Mint, so whilst they look genuine we will keep an open mind for the time being.
As usual, if you think you have found one of these coins or any other interesting ‘errors’, we’d love to hear from you.