Published on August 8th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Celebrate International Cat Day with Tom Kitten
Today is International Cat Day and what better way to celebrate our furry friends than with Tom Kitten, one of Beatrix Potter’s most popular creations.
Tom Kitten is the latest character to be remembered in the Beatrix Potter 150th Anniversary Collection by The Royal Mint.
It was Beatrix Potter’s eleventh tale in 1907, “The Tale of Tom Kitten” where we were first introduced to Tom. The story is based at Hill Top Farm where we also meet other characters from the little tales including Tom’s sisters Moppet and Mittens, Mrs. Tabitha Twitchit and Jemima Puddle-Duck. The charming story follows the kittens in their struggle to stay clean and tidy for their mother and her guests. Tom Kitten went on to appear in, “The Tale of Samuel Whiskers” a year later.
Tom Kitten 50p Coins
The Tom Kitten 2017 Brilliant Uncirculated 50p Coin is presented in a fold-out case that includes various quotes from Beatrix Potter’s “Little Tales”.
Meanwhile, the Tom Kitten 2017 Silver Proof 50p Coin* is struck to 925 sterling silver and finished to proof standard. With a limited edition of only 40,000, it is beautifully enhanced by colour printing to bring this little kitten to life. The coin is presented in a clear acrylic case and will be loved by Beatrix Potter fans and cat lovers alike.
Rare Jemima Puddleduck 50p Coin in Demand
Meanwhile, another coin from the Beatrix Potter collection is in high demand. The Jemima Puddleduck 50p was launched last year. Only 2.1 million of these coins are in circulation, compared with 9.6 million of the Peter Rabbit 50p coins. Therefore, this coin is changing hands at around £5.00, 10 times its face value.
According to experts at Change Checker, the Jemima Puddleduck coin is now the second lowest circulating 50p. The Kew Garden 50p remains the rarest in circulation. For more details on rare coins, see our previous article, Do You Have a Rare 50p Worth £100.
*Please note: Orders for the Tom Kitten Silver Proof 50p coin are limited to a maximum two per household. Any orders placed for more than 2 units, or multiple orders will be cancelled.