Complete your Beatrix Potter coin collection, or start one to give as a very special gift for a child. This Mrs Tittlemouse 50p coin value is ranked high and cherished by collectors and lovers of Beatrix Potter.
The coin is part of a beloved series featuring characters from the author’s children’s books. This coin features Mrs. Tittlemouse. It is the first and only official UK coin to feature Mrs. Tittlemouse, and it is the final coin in the third and last of the Beatrix Potter series.
How Much is the Mrs Tittlemouse 50p Coin Worth?
The Mrs Tittlemouse 50p coin was released in 2018 as part of the third instalment of the Beatrix Potter series. Other 50p coins issued that same year include Beatrix Potter The Tailor of Gloucester, Flopsy Bunny, and Peter Rabbit. Additionally, two Paddington Bear coins were issued that same year as well as a coin commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Representation of the People Act.
In a continuation of the popular series from The Royal Mint that was first issued in 2016 to celebrate Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday, the Mrs Tittlemouse coin joined the collection as the final coin in the series.
This last minted Beatrix Potter coin features Mrs Tittlemouse. The 2018 coin sells for an average sale price on eBay of £3.30.
Is the Mrs Tittlemouse 50p Coin Rare?
This last in the series, Mrs Tittlemouse coin, has a mintage of 1,700,000. Though not the rarest of the Beatrix Potter series of coins, every coin in this much-loved children’s book author’s commemorative series is popular among collectors and gift-givers.
This coin marked the final released coin in the three-part series. The series that started in 2016 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter included other 50p coins as follows:
|2016 Peter rabbit||2017 Peter Rabbit||2018 Peter Rabbit|
|Jemima Puddle-Duck||Tom Kitten||The Tailor of Gloucester|
|Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle||Mr. Jeremy Fisher||Flopsy Bunny|
|Squirrel Nutkin||Benjamin Bunny||Mrs. Tittlemouse|
The series continued in 2019 with a collector edition Peter Rabbit coin that was not released into distribution.
Additionally, the Mrs. Tittlemouse 50p coin was minted in:
- Brilliant Uncirculated in card with 27,497 issued
- Silver Proof FDC with a colorful Mrs. Tittlemouse and 31,661 issued that includes the Silver Proof Coin, the Silver Proof Trade Exclusive, the Silver in Acrylics Trade, and the Coin & Book Gift Set
The Silver Proof FDC that featured the mouse in color was included in the Celebrating Beatrix Potter and Her Little Tales – Peter Rabbit and Friends set.
Design and Meaning Behind the Mrs Tittlemouse 50p
The coin is part of the 50 pence design with a face value of 0.50 pound sterling. The coin has a 7-sided shape that forms an equilateral curved heptagon. The shape is sometimes called a Reuleaux polygon which is a curve of constant width leaving the diameter of the coin with a consistent measurement regardless of the bisection you measure.
In addition to the standard 50p designs, several reverse designs have been minted on the 50p coin to commemorate important events.
The Mrs. Tittlemouse coin was designed to celebrate the Beatrix Potter character by the same name. Mrs Tittlemouse is from the children’s book entitled The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse.
The 2018 50p is part of those designed as a special commemorative coin. This one was put into circulation and marked 2018. It consists of a Cupro-nickel alloy with an 8.00 g weight, a diameter of 27.3 mm, and it is 1.78 mm thick.
Obverse Design and Designer
The Obverse design is that of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Jody Clark. At the age of 33, Jody Clark was the youngest person to design the monarch’s profile on this currency. Jody Clark was also the first Royal Mint employee to design a UK definitive coin portrait in more than 100 years. He had only been working at The Royal Mint for about two years prior. The new design would be the first time her portrait had been changed in 17 years.
Jody Clark’s design was unveiled in 2015 as the fifth definitive coinage portrait of Her Majesty and the fourth portrait of The Queen in circulation.
This designer introduced elements of personality giving the Queen a hint of a smile. Jody Clark wanted to create a more positive look on the Queen. He had examined several sculptures of The Queen before deciding on the warm expression.
In this version, her mature head is crowned and facing right with her coronation crown. Surrounding her head are the words 50 PENCE * 2018 * ELIZABETH II * D * G * REG * F * D * WHICH MEANS THE Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith. The designer’s initials, JC, are seen just below the Queen’s neckline.
The edge is plain with no inscription.
Reverse Design and Designer
The reverse features an image of a wide-eyed Mrs Tittlemouse rabbit. She is featured in her recognizable dress carrying a basket that contains her dinner.
She is facing left, on her way to the market, and pointing with one of her paws. The legend above reads MRS. TITTLEMOUSE. The initials EN are in lowercase on the bottom of the mouse’s dress toward the bottom right of the coin. They are those of the designer.
The Reverse image is designed by Emma Noble. Emma Noble had designed the 2015 coins to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter. When the Royal Mint issued additional Beatrix Potter coins in 2016, Emma Noble was again chosen to design them. Her designs were once again seen on 2017 and 2018 coins, including the Mrs Tittlemouse coin. Her designs were also featured on the 2019 collector edition Peter Rabbit coin.
Emma Noble had worked at the Royal Mint for 20 years before she was chosen to design the Beatrix Potter series of coins. She had previously worked on pieces commemorating the Diamond Jubilee and Remembrance Sunday.
Mrs. Tittlemouse is a tidy wood mouse who was part of the Beatrix Potter children’s book series. She was briefly introduced in The Tale of The Flopsy Bunnies but later featured in her own story, The Tale of Mrs Tittlemouse. She is in a constant battle to keep her home clean and organized amidst a steady stream of visitors who spread muddy footprints and cobwebs as they come in and out of her home.
She is a house-proud mouse who faces the demands of caring for her ageing parents and frantically and constantly tidying up her house. Her home has a kitchen, a bedroom, a pantry, a parlour, and a cupboard called a larder. She sleeps with her dustpan and brushes nearby her small bed. She stores yards of nuts in her cellars, seed cellars, and passages below the roots of a hedge.
Who Is Beatrix Potter?
Her full name was Helen Beatrix Potter. Even though she had no children of her own, Beatrix Potter was a famous writer of children’s books. Before she married later in life at the age of 47, this author self-published her first of thirty books in 1902. Her famous books included a much-loved character named Peter Rabbit. Beatrix also had a love for science, land preservation, and watercolor painting.
In the 1890s, she and her brother started printing Christmas cards using their own designs. Many of the cards featured mice and rabbits. In 1890, a printing firm bought several of her drawings of a rabbit she had dubbed Benjamin Bunny to illustrate verses in A Happy Pair.
After seeing how successful her drawings were, she decided to publish her own illustrations and stories. She had written letters to her governess’ child and came up with a story about four rabbits named Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter. In 1900, she revised this story to the tales that made her famous.
Where Can You Buy The 2018 Mrs Tittlemouse 50p?
One of the fastest and easiest ways to shop for coins is online. According to the average selling price on eBay, the 2018 Mrs Tittlemouse 50p coin value is about £3.30 for this specific profile. The actual price will depend on the coin’s condition.