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The Beatrix Potter Jemima Puddleduck 50p in such high demand it is now worth a fortune

Coin collectors are franticly checking their pocket change in the hope that they will find Jemima Puddleduck.

Last year when the Beatrix Potter collection was launched the Royal Mint website crashed because everyone was keen to get their hands on the special editions.

The Peter Rabbit 50 pence saw people queueing for hours, but now collectors are looking for Jemima and it is making her worth a pretty penny.

Why? Well they made a lot fewer of them.

Stunning: Have you got any of these in your piggy bank?
Stunning: Have you got any of these in your piggy bank?

“When one coin in a series has a much lower mintage figure, collectors struggle to complete the set,” coin collecting site ChangeChecker explained in a blog post .

And today it confirmed Jemima Puddleduck was the rarest Beatrix Potter coin in circulation – twice as rare as the next scarcest Beatrix Potter coin, Squirrel Nutkin, the Mirror reports.

The story behind the new 50p designs

Photo issued by The Royal Mint of some 2017 Beatrix Potter limited edition commemorative coins, featuring four of her best-loved characters Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, Tom Kitten and Jeremy Fisher.
Photo issued by The Royal Mint of some 2017 Beatrix Potter limited edition commemorative coins, featuring four of her best-loved characters Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, Tom Kitten and Jeremy Fisher.
(Image: Mikael Buck/Royal Mint/PA Wire)
The printed colour designs on the silver proof 50p coins have been created to capture the hand-painted style of Potter's original illustrations.
The printed colour designs on the silver proof 50p coins have been created to capture the hand-painted style of Potter’s original illustrations.
(Image: Mikael Buck/Royal Mint/PA Wire)

Royal Mint coin designer Emma Noble was chosen to immortalise Potter’s much-loved illustrations for the 2017 coin collection.

The designer has previously worked on coins commemorating the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s coronation, Remembrance Sunday, and King George I.

The 2017 collection, developed in collaboration with Penguin Random House (publisher of Beatrix Potter’s Tales) will kick off with a famously cheeky character from Potter’s books – Peter Rabbit himself.

Beatrix Potter limited edition commemorative coins, featuring Jeremy Fisher.
Beatrix Potter limited edition commemorative coins, featuring Jeremy Fisher.
(Image: Mikael Buck/Royal Mint/PA Wire)
Beatrix Potter limited edition commemorative coins, featuring Peter Rabbit.
Beatrix Potter limited edition commemorative coins, featuring Peter Rabbit.
(Image: Mikael Buck/Royal Mint/PA Wire)

Each coin’s obverse side bears the fifth definitive portrait of The Queen by Royal Mint Engraver Jody Clark, first introduced to UK coinage in 2015.

Brand manager for Peter Rabbit at Penguin Ventures Thomas Merrington said: “We are so delighted to be working once again with The Royal Mint on a new series of Beatrix Potter coins.

Beatrix Potter limited edition commemorative coins, featuring Tom Kitten.
Beatrix Potter limited edition commemorative coins, featuring Tom Kitten.
(Image: Mikael Buck/Royal Mint/PA Wire)
Beatrix Potter limited edition commemorative coins, featuring Benjamin Bunny
Beatrix Potter limited edition commemorative coins, featuring Benjamin Bunny

“The success of the original range is testament to the incredible craftsmanship and attention to detail that Emma Noble achieved in her designs and also to the love and affection shown towards Beatrix Potter’s characters by the general public,” Merrington added.

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