Peter Rabbit is 120 years old and for the seventh consecutive year, the Royal Mint is issuing coins celebrating the legendary children’s literary character. Royal Mint artist, Ffion Gwillim, is back doing the honours, and she’s produced a super looking design this year, a perfect homage to the original artwork. It must be difficult to produce something new when you’re constrained by a century of expectation and boundaries, but this is a perfectly excellent effort, leagues above the relatively disappointing 2021 release, with its unusual stylistic approach.
The central character art is an official piece that adorns the cover of a new anniversary edition of the original story that has just been published, but everything else, all that makes for a fine looking coin, is the mints work. As is usual for Royal Mint issues, only the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, by Jody Clark, adorns the obverse.
Only the two precious metal variants make up this offering. The one-ounce 0.999 silver coin is coloured, in the original style, but the similarly sized 0.9999 gold version is cleanly struck. We’ve never been fans of colour on gold coins, finding it rarely improves the aesthetics, and that looks to be the case here, in our view. Both are pretty coins, easily our favourite of the many issues to date. Available today, the silver will sell for £100.00, and the gold for an odd £2,505.00. A base-metal variant is also available in two versions, one limited to 8,600 pieces and exclusively sold by the mint.