Published on December 10th, 2016 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Win a Silver Piedfort Beatrix Potter 50p Coin Worth £100
The Wonderful World of Beatrix Potter
Beatrix Potter is a name that needs no introduction. Best known for her 23 little white books for children, books that are still so popular today, one sells every 15 seconds around the globe.
The tale of Beatrix Potter reveals more aspects of this fascinating pioneer: her passion was for the natural world and her talent was bringing it to life.
Celebrating Beatrix Potter 150th Anniversary
Born in the Kensington borough of London on 28 July 1866, Potter was a keen botanist and artist in her youth, selling her first drawings at the age of 23.
Beatrix Potter devised some of the best loved characters of children’s books. With 250m sales she is one of the most published authors of all time. Her first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, at 45m sales is amongst the biggest selling children’s book of all time. She today remains amongst the world’s best-selling children’s authors.
She published 28 books in her lifetime, of which 23 are “tales” which she illustrated. She illustrated her tales, often basing them on real animals and pets that she had. Peter Rabbit was created in a letter to the son of her former governess in 1893. The mischievous bunny, like many of her creations, was named after one of her own pets.
After being turned down by several children’s publishers Beatrix Potter self-published the story of The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1901, sadly a few months after the real Peter had died. Beatrix Potter later moved to a farm near Windermere in the Lake District, where she lived until her death in 1945.
For the 150th anniversary of the birth of this gifted woman, the world celebrated with a series of coins and stamps, including the Beatrix Potter Presentation Pack. The Royal Mint has issued a series of commemorative Beatrix Potter 50p Coins for several characters. The collection has proved so popular that many editions of the coins have sold out.
Other celebratory events have included a “mini-musical” performed at the World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness-on-Windermere and the creation of a Girl Guiding Beatrix Potter Anniversary Challenge badge.
Today the Beatrix Potter brand is valued at $500m annually. A new collection of five of her books has been commissioned and there is a National Trust Gallery of her art in the Lake District, as well as the World of Beatrix Potter Visitor Attraction.
In September, The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots was published, featuring illustrations by Quentin Blake. The story, featuring an older Peter Rabbit had been discovered 100 years after it had been written. The manuscripts for this tale were found in the Victoria and Albert Museum by her publishers in school notebooks. They also included rough sketches of Kitty-in-Boots by Beatrix. The excitement surrounding this book ensured it was a best seller before it had even reached the shops.
Worldwide, the characters of the Tales are hugely popular. 10% of visitors to the World of Beatrix Potter are from Japan, and the first foreign language translation of her books was into Japanese in 1906. Peter Rabbit especially remains a much loved character in Japan, with Europe, the USA and Australia major markets for the books and merchandise.
Why not see if you can find and collect all the Beatrix Potter 50p coins in your change that feature Beatrix and her famous characters!
Win A Silver Piedfort Beatrix Potter 50p Coin Worth £100
This Silver Piedfort Beatrix Potter 50p double-thickness coin has been struck in 925 Sterling Silver and is finished to Proof standard. It is presented in a stylish black case with a booklet on Potter’s life, talents and legacy. It has been endorsed by Fredrick Warne & Co (a Penguin Random Company)
Maximum Coin Mintage: 2,500
Alloy: .925 Sterling Silver
Reverse Designer: Emma Noble
Obverse Designer: Jody Clark
Quality: Proof Standard
The closing date for this competition is midnight Sunday 18th December 2016. One lucky winner will be selected at random and notified by email on Monday 19th December.
Good luck everyone!