In honor of Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday, the Royal Mint is bringing one of her most beloved characters to life on a U.K. coin.
The author’s mischievous Peter Rabbit will be the first children’s literary character to appear on British currency. Printed in magnificent color, the vegetable-stealing bunny appears on a British 50p coin (the equivalent of around 70 cents) to mark the 150th anniversary of the author's 1866 birth.
Peter is featured in his iconic blue jacket, with that famous sly look in his eyes – watch out Mr. McGregor!
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The coin, which will also be issued in a regular uncolored format for general circulation, showcases the latest portrait of Queen Elizabeth on its flip side.
The Royal Mint, manufacturers of the U.K.'s currency, said three more Potter characters will be featured on special edition coins – released later in the year – to complete a four-piece set.
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"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," Royal Mint designer Emma Noble said. "They were strong enough to stand alone."
The Tale Of Peter Rabbit was an instant success when it was published in 1902. The larcenous but loveable rabbit went on to appear in five more books by the author, who died in 1943 at 77.
The story, which also features Peter's better-behaved siblings Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail, was the first of Potter's stories to be commercially published.
She followed it with much-loved works about country animals, which remain popular today, including The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin and The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck.