Published on June 13th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
A Frog He Would a-Fishing Go
Jeremy Fisher is the latest character depicted in the series of coins celebrating the work of Beatrix Potter. The coins are available to order now from the Post Office Shop.
It is the first time that this intrepid little frog has been featured on a UK coin. In his waterproof mackintosh and galoshes, Mr. Jeremy Fisher is all set for a fishing trip to catch some minnows.
The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher
This imaginative tale tells of a little frog who lives on a “slippy-sloppy” house on the edge of a pond. It is reminiscent of the summers days Beatrix Potter’s father spent fishing at country estates in Scotland on the River Tay.
The character of Mr. Jeremy Fisher originates in a letter Beatrix Potter wrote to Eric, the son of Anne Moore her former governess and friend back in 1893. After making a few adjustments to the story, including moving the location from the River Tay to her beloved Lake District, The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher was published in 1906.
Beatrix Potter not only wrote her tales but also created the illustrations as well. For Jeremy Fisher, she sketched her own pet frog “Punch”.
In the story, Jeremy Fisher goes out on a rainy day collecting worms for fishing. He sets off on his intrepid trip across the pond on this lily pad boat. His goal is to invite his friends for dinner if he catches more than five minnows.
However, he copes with several setbacks along his journey., including escaping form a large trout. After this encounter, he swims to shore and vows never to go fishing again.
The 150th Anniversary Beatrix Potter Collection at the Post Office Shop
The Mr. Jeremy Fisher 2017 Brilliant Uncirculated 50p Coin and the Mr. Jeremy Fisher 2017 Silver Proof 50p Coin are the latest additions to the Beatrix Potter collection. The series of special stamps and collectible coins are to celebrate 150 years of this much-loved author.
A charming colour image of Jeremy features on the silver proof 50p. It is accompanied by Beatrix Potter’s own illustration and features quotes from the original tales and is presented in a contemporary acrylic block. Please note: Orders for this item are limited to a maximum of 2 units per household. Orders placed for more than 2 units, or multiple orders will be cancelled.
For the most recent releases of collectible coins, look at our New Arrivals section. In addition to the latest Beatrix Potter coins there is also The Jane Austen 2017 United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated £2 Coin to mark the 200th anniversary of the death of this literary giant.