• 100 Pounds 2021, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Elizabeth II, 150th Anniversary of Birth of Beatrix Potter, Rabbit Family
  • 100 Pounds 2021, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Elizabeth II, 150th Anniversary of Birth of Beatrix Potter, Rabbit Family
Description

When Peter Rabbit appeared in the first of Beatrix Potter’s little tales, the mischievous blue-coated bunny was destined to become a star, going on to appear throughout the series. Ever since the Royal Mint 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. This is the fifth and the final official United Kingdom coin from The Royal Mint to feature Peter Rabbit.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a British children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter that follows mischievous and disobedient young Peter Rabbit as he is chased about the garden of Mr. McGregor. He escapes and returns home to his mother, who puts him to bed after dosing him with camomile tea.

The tale was written for five-year-old Noel Moore, son of Potter's former governess Annie Carter Moore, in 1893. It was revised and privately printed by Potter in 1901 after several publishers' rejections, but was printed in a trade edition by Frederick Warne & Co. in 1902. The book was a success, and multiple reprints were issued in the years immediately following its debut. It has been translated into 36 languages, and with 45 million copies sold it is one of the best-selling books of all time.

Since 2016, Peter Rabbit has encouraged a whole new generation to start collecting – featuring on five 50p coins in the Beatrix Potter series. And now the tale continues as Potter’s most famous character makes his debut appearance on a UK £1 coin.

Obverse

The fifth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and drop earrings, on a background of a secure, micro-dot texture.

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 jewelry 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.

ELIZABETH II·D·G·REG·F·D·100 POUNDS·2021·
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Reverse

Depicts the whole Rabbit family all together (Peter Rabbit, Mrs Rabbit and three other rabbits), an original Beatrix Potter illustration has been beautifully reimagined.

There is a phrase from "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" above.

Engraver: Ffion Gwillim

’Now run along,
and don’t get
into mischief. I am
going out.’

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Gold
Fineness 0.9999
Weight 31.21 g
Diameter 32.69 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Mint

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