2017 Beatrix Potter Tom Kitten 50p Silver Proof
This Tom Kitten Silver Proof 50p coin, released in 2017, is one piece of a collectible series from the Royal Mint to coincide with the 150th Birthday of much-loved children’s author, Beatrix Potter. Created by Royal Mint designer Emma Noble, this special edition coin features a reconstructed illustration of The Tale of Tom Kitten’s namesake, created by Miss Potter. The coin’s obverse hosts the 5th Portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark. The first coin to mark the beginning of this series featured a portrait of the author herself, Beatrix Potter. Designer Emma Noble paid homage to her legacy with a nostalgic font used for the inscription. The accompanying coins in the collection feature characters from other works by Potter including; Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, Mrs. Tiggy Winkle, Squirrel Nutkin, Tom Kitten, Mr. Jeremy Fisher, Benjamin Bunny, The Tailor of Gloucester, Mrs. Tittlemouse and Flopsy Bunny. Each character coin will be encased in bespoke boxes and sleeves with elements of storylines from the author’s illustrated works.
Born Helen Beatrix Potter, the author’s isolated and wealthy upbringing with her brother Bertram, led to the pair keeping an eccentric range of animals in their nursery including; hedgehogs, caged birds, two lizards, a snake named Sally and a frog called Punch, among others. Combined with holidays in the Lake District and Scotland, Beatrix’s unusual childhood grew her love of natural science, which became her specialism alongside writing and conservational activities. Her interest in animals and handmade letters she created for her former governess’ children, pathed the way for the creation of her most famous character, Peter Rabbit, in the 1902 children’s book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, the focus of this Royal Mint collection.
Since 2016, The Royal Mint has continued to pay tribute to Beatrix Potter’s cherished creations on passing her 150th Birthday. The first arrival was a close-up portrait of Peter Rabbit on a Silver Proof 50p coin, accompanied by his friends in Gold and Silver Proofs in addition to a series of Brilliant Uncirculated coins.The design of the coins are an intricate tribute to the best-selling author that numismatics will love and designer Emma Noble has annually revisited the artwork resulting in a new engraving of Peter Rabbit and new characters from her other little tales available each year since 2016, making the edition unique and true to Beatrix Potter’s paintings of her characters.
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