28 July 2016 marked the hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the birth of children’s author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter. In celebration of her life and work, The Royal Mint released a series of four Fifty Pence pieces depicting four of her most popular characters: Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Squirrel Nutkin, and this charming portrait of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle. Originally written as illustrated story letters for the children of her friend, and former governess, Beatrix Potter’s stories were made all the more special by her watercolour illustrations and the immersive world she created. Potter was inspired by her own childhood which was full of many adventures and pets including a hedgehog which were kept with her brother, Bertram. Although best known for her ‘Little Tales’, Beatrix Potter was also a well respected mycologist, renown for her watercolours of fungi. She invested her funds into buying and conserving land and property in her beloved Lake District, the majority of which was gifted to the National Trust after her death in 1943. This Fifty Pence features a colourful design by Emma Noble on the reverse depicting Mrs Tiggy-Winkle in her iconic washer-woman outfit. The other side shows Jody Clark’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, the fifth official effigy used. Presented in a smart acrylic case and accompanied by a booklet containing additional information about the author and her characters, this coin is one of 14,993 in this format. It comes with its numbered certificate of authenticity and is struck in 8.00 grams of .925 sterling silver with a diameter of 27.30 millimetres.
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Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by Jody Clark. Fifth official effigy. Legend around: 'ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2016'.
Coloured image of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle in pink clothing surrounded by legend ‘MRS TIGGY-WINKLE’. Artist: Emma Noble
Proof coin with colour details. 8.00 grams of .925 sterling silver. Diameter 27.30 millimetres. Face value 50p / Fifty Pence.
One of 14,993 in this presentation. Presented in the original acrylic box with its numbered certificate of authenticity.
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Elizabeth II (1952-2022)
50p / Fifty Pence
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Proof - Boxed with certificate of authenticity
2016 Beatrix Potter Mrs Tiggy-Winkle 50 Pence Piece
Celebrates the life and work of Beatrix Potter with illustration of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle
One of a series of Beatrix Potter character coins from 2016
Limited edition of 14,993 pieces
Struck in 8.00 grams of .925 sterling silver
Diameter: 27.30 millimetres
Finished to proof standard
Face value: Fifty Pence
Obverse shows fifth official effigy of The Queen
Reverse features adaption of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle illustration by Emma Noble
Offered in original acrylic box with numbered certificate of authenticity
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