A Peter Rabbit 50p coin has sold for £800 on eBay this week.
The Beatrix Potter coin is part of a set which was sold alongside with it in the ad.
EBay user “jobs2445” from Nottingham advertised the coin as “Rare silver proof Peter Rabbit 50p coin.”
The Royal Mint began the Beatrix Potter collection in 2016, creating 10 coins this year, and 14 in 2017. A further 14 coins have been created this year.
This seller offered silver proof, hand-painted coins from the collection, two Peter Rabbit coins, a Benjamin Bunny coin, a Tom Kitten coin and a Jeremy Fisher coin.
They wrote: “A chance to own this lovely Beatrix Potter silver proof set including the very rare and much wanted peter rabbit 2016 coin.
“You are bidding on five silver proof coins with coloured characters.
“All are boxed with booklets and come with certificates of authenticity.
“All are perfect condition. Buyer will not be disappointed.”
The Beatrix Potter collection has proven intensely popular, as this high price point demonstrates.
Silver proof coins are rarer than coins in circulation, with only 15,000 of the pieces created.
Collectors are often on the lookout for pieces such as these.
Royal Mint said of the Peter Rabbit collection: “Ever since we began celebrating the life and work of Beatrix Potter in 2016, Peter has launched the coin range for each year, followed by other characters on their own coins.
“The Peter Rabbit coin for 2018 depicts Peter Rabbit just as Beatrix Potter painted him.
“Every detail, from his little blue coat to his long whiskers, has been captured on the coin’s small surface. “It shows the iconic image of Peter Rabbit munching on radishes after another near-miss in Mr. McGregor’s garden.”
Recent additions to the collection this year include Flopsy Bunny and Mrs. Tittlemouse.
Another rare coin has sold for £500 recently. The Charles Dickens £2 coin went for the big bucks on the online auction site.
The seller titled the listing: “*Charles Dickens 2 Pound Coin* Double Error VERY RARE (sic)”.
Hoping to make a profit, the seller then elaborated in depth about the coin in the listing’s description.
The description read: “Here I have a £2 coin for the anniversary of Charles Dickens, it is a double error coin and may be of interest to somebody who collects these.”
Which are the rarest £1, £2, 50p, 20p, 10p and 2p coins?
Rarest £2 coins
The rarest £2 coin is the 2002 Commonwealth Games NI coin with 485,500 in circulation. This is followed by the 2002 Commonwealth Games Wales which has 588,500 in circulation.
Next up is the 2015 Navy, and there are 650,000 in circulation.
Rarest £1 coins
The most rare £1 coins are all part of a series celebrating the British capitals.
The rarest of these is the 2011 Edinburgh coin, with 935,000 in circulation. Of the 2011 Cardiff coins there are 1,615,000 in circulation, while the 2010 London coin has 2,635,000 in circulation.
Rarest 50p coin
The rarest 50p coin is the Kew Gardens coin, which is also the rarest coin in circulation. It there were only 210,000 minted.
The football Olympic 50p coin has 1,125,500 in circulation, and the wrestling coin has 1,129,500 in circulation.
It is not so easy to evaluate the rarest 20p coins, 10p coins and even 2p coins as exact circulation figures are not known.
However, various versions of the coins are known to sell for large sums.
These include the dateless 20ps, which are actually part of a run from 2008. There may be between 50,000 and 200,000 of these coins in circulation.
The 1983 ‘New Pence’ 2p coin can also sell for a huge sum, up to £650.