Throughout 2016, The Royal Mint has been celebrating the wonderful world of Beatrix and her most-loved characters, marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter. Earlier this year, we announced that we would be marking the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter with a series of five coins, the first time that characters from children’s literature has appeared on UK coinage! The series began with a coin that honoured Beatrix herself, and continued with four of Beatrix’s characters, Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Squirrel Nutkin.
It was the task of Royal Mint coin designer and engraver, Emma Noble to bring the coin designs to life. While the coins are available in the plain-metal circulating and Brilliant Uncirculated versions, they are also available in colour-printed Silver Proof versions, which allows for a new perspective. Emma has made sure that Beatrix’s characters are instantly recognisable, with every whisker, spine or feature captured in fine detail, while the colour printing allows the designs to reflect the style of the original, much-loved illustrations.
Earlier this year we caught up with Linda Lear, a member of the Beatrix Potter Society, to tell us a little more about the lady behind the tales in our ‘Who was Beatrix Potter‘ blog. Today we’ve been speaking with the lady behind the coin designs, Emma Noble, to find out more about how she brought the characters from the cherished little tales to life in a series of coins.