PACollectors are hunting for the rare Jemima 50p coin
The 50p coin, featuring Beatrix Potter character Jemima Puddle-Duck, was released by the Royal Mint last year as part of a collectors set.
The full set of nine commemorative coins in this theme include Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, and were released to mark the 150th anniversary of the author’s birth.
Silver special editions sold out in just eight days as the first children’s fictional characters to appear on British coins proved incredibly popular.Related articles
Initially some of the special edition coins in the set cost £55 when they were released, but now change hands on eBay for more than £600.
The sudden scramble for the Jemima Puddle-duck coin came after new mintage figures revealed only 2.1 million were released into circulation - making it the sixth most scarce coin in UK circulation.
In comparison, there are around 9.6 million Peter Rabbit coins in circulation, and around 5 million featuring Squirrel Nutkin.
PAThe coin has received bids of more than 17 times its value
According to ChangeChecker, each listing of ‘Jemima’ coins on their site had at least eight bidders fighting for it.
The sudden interest has caused the value of the coin to soar, with eBay bids currently at around £9 a coin - more than 17 times its actual value.
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