Peter Rabbit Becomes First Children’s Book Character on British Coin

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One of literature’s most lovable thieves has found his way to the British currency: Peter Rabbit has become the first children’s book character to appear on a U.K. coin.

The daring bunny appears on a 50p piece in his signature blue jacket—which he famously loses in Mr. McGregor’s garden—beginning Monday, with a non-colored version to appear later in the year. The Royal Mint called Peter “the most recognizable of [Beatrix] Potter’s creations, and one of the most cherished from children’s literature,” the Guardian reports.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth, which will be celebrated with three more characters to appear on currency in the months to come. A recently discovered Potter story, The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, will also be published in September, featuring an appearance by an aged Peter Rabbit.

[The Guardian]

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