Obverse. Photo © Royal Mint
  • 50 Pence 2016, Sp# H36, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Elizabeth II, 150th Anniversary of Birth of Beatrix Potter, Squirrel Nutkin
  • 50 Pence 2016, Sp# H36, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Elizabeth II, 150th Anniversary of Birth of Beatrix Potter, Squirrel Nutkin
  • 50 Pence 2016, Sp# H36, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Elizabeth II, 150th Anniversary of Birth of Beatrix Potter, Squirrel Nutkin, Perspex block for display
Description

The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin is a children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter (1866–1943) and first published by Frederick Warne & Co. in August 1903. The story is about an impertinent red squirrel named Nutkin and his narrow escape from an owl called Old Brown.

Obverse

The fifth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and drop earrings.

The George IV State Diadem, officially the Diamond Diadem, is a type of crown that was made in 1820 for King George IV. The diadem is worn by queens and queens consort in procession to coronations and State Openings of Parliament. The piece of jewellery has been featured in paintings and on stamps and currency. It can be seen in the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FIDEI DEFENSATRIX means Elizabeth II, by the grace of God, Queen and Defender of the Faith.

Engraver: Jody Clark

·ELIZABETH II·D·G·REG·F·D·50 PENCE·2016
J.C

Reverse

Image of Beatrix Potter's Squirrel Nutkin. The design incorporates colour printing, reflecting the watercolour style of the original illustrations.

For over a century, the playful character has found a place in the hearts of so many, through the cautionary tale of how the impish squirrel drives Old Brown the owl to distraction – losing half his tail for his trouble.

Engraver: Emma Noble

SQUIRREL NUTKIN
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Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.925
Weight 8 g
Diameter 27.3 mm
Thickness -
Shape polygon
Sides 7
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Mint

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