eBay: Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit 50p selling for £800 and described as ‘rare’ by seller
eBay has become a hotspot for rare coins, and one seller is hoping to cash in with a popular 50p.
Seller dominicwilkins94 has listed the Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit 50p on a but it now basis for £800.
Keen buyers can also snap it up at auction, with a slightly cheaper starting price of £475. although they will have to be quick, as the auction is only for seven days.
Describing the coin, the seller wrote: “Rare Beatrix Potter 2016 Peter Rabbit 50p coin. Has been circulated. Still in very good condition.”
Minted in 2016 the Beatrix Potter coin was designed by Emma Noble and pays homage to Beatrix Potter’s first character, Peter Rabbit.
With Peter Rabbit etched in capital letters across the top of the coin, the coin has proved popular with collectors, according to the Royal Mint.
The website’s listing says: “This brand new Beatrix Potter 50p coin has been issued to celebrate the life and work of Beatrix Potter on the 150th Anniversary of her birth.
“Struck by The Royal Mint, this coin has proved to be extremely popular with coin collectors.
“The Beatrix Potter 50p is protectively encapsulated and Certified as superior Brilliant Uncirculated quality.”
Just one of the 54 50p coins in circulation, the Peter Rabbit 50p had a mintage of 9,600,000 – actually rated as common on scarcity index, ChangeChecker.
But that hasn’t stopped them being a popular choice to sell online, with many Beatrix Potter coins making their way to eBay.
A Squirrel Nutkin 50p was offered for £475 on an auction basis, and the seller has 100 per cent positive feedback.
Listing the coin on eBay, the seller woodw-camil wrote: “Really good condition, please judge by the photos, shiny as you can see you can even see the reflection of my phone!
“50 pence. Raised edges. 2016. Squirrel Nutkin.”
But how much is the Beatrix Potter Squirrel Nutkin 50p actually worth?
According to ChangeChecker.org, it has a scarcity index rating of 56 – as a guide, the rarest 50p, Kew Gardens, has a scarcity index of 100.
In the Beatrix Potter collection, Squirrel Nutkin is only beaten by Jemima Puddle-Duck, which has a scarcity index rating of 61.
ChangeChecker advise: “Collectors may see prices rise from around six times face value to somewhere between 10 and 12 times face value over the coming months.”
Royal Mint released the Beatrix Potter collection in 2016. Writing about the design, they said: “The Royal Mint has chosen one of the naughtiest of Beatrix’s characters, Squirrel Nutkin.
“The flaws of Beatrix Potter’s characters may get them into trouble, but also make them so delightful, and Squirrel Nutkin is one of her most ill-mannered.”