Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle on 50p coin

When Grania forwarded me this tw**t, I thought it was a huge joke:

But it’s TRUE! One of my favorite Beatrix Potter characters—unfairly mocked at the end of the book as “she’s just a hedgehog!” after her washerwoman disguise slips— is on a 50p coin issued by The Royal Mint. Sadly, it was issued last year and appears to be unavailable now:

“Only a hedgehog!” A hedgehog who can do laundry! What a stunning bit of species-ism which, for me, ruined the story:

I think there’s a postmodernist, feminist, intersectional Ph.D. thesis to be written on Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle. What would it be called?

p.s. I found the coin for a few bucks on eBay and bought it.



  1. Bob Murray
    Posted June 21, 2017 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    The Darwin £2.
    The Tiggy Winkle 50p piece.
    Are you attempting to appropriate UK monetary culture?

  2. Heather Hastie
    Posted June 21, 2017 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    This is so cool! I love Mrs Tiggy-Winkle. I’m going to try and get one too.

  3. Reginald Selkirk
    Posted June 21, 2017 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    In other numismatic news: Canada “toonie” coin glows in the dark

  4. Teresa carson
    Posted June 21, 2017 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Squirrel Nutkin is also on a 50p coin. Surely Squirrel Nutkin is also one of your favorites.

  5. Malcolm Morrison
    Posted June 21, 2017 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    I would have thought you would have gone for the Squirrel Nutkin coin!

    My favourite 50P back is the one that explains the off side law.

  6. Posted June 21, 2017 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    There’s a tiggy-winkle gene too. (And a Sonic hedgehog.)

  7. BJ
    Posted June 21, 2017 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    What could your imagined paper be called….hmmmm…

    How about “The Piercing Spines of Capitalist Symbols: How Female Hedgehogs are Co-opted by the Kyriarchy to Buttress Male Domination”

    That hedgehog sure is cute, though. Boy do I love those things. I want that coin, and I also want the Squirrel Nutkin one from the reply tw**t in the link. I’m a sucker for adorable stuff.

  8. Frank Bath
    Posted June 21, 2017 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    The ‘circular’ seven sided 50p coin comes in all sorts of patterns. Once a coin of value it has become a bit of a joke. With metrication in 1971 it replaced the old ten shilling (bob) note, known as ‘half a bar’. Back then you could buy three pints of good ale with it – a night in the pub – now it won’t buy you a Mars bar.

  9. Craw
    Posted June 21, 2017 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    Quilling Dissent: De(nigra)tion of the female pubis in (hedge)hog iconography.

    • BJ
      Posted June 21, 2017 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

      Damn it, that was better than mine.

  10. Posted June 22, 2017 at 2:11 am | Permalink

    There is a whole series of these Beatrix Potter character 50p coins, including some with coloured (enamelled faces). From what I have heard (btw I work for an auctioneer one of whose main areas is coins) Jemima Puddleduck is the hardest to locate.

  11. Dean
    Posted June 22, 2017 at 3:28 am | Permalink

    Theres a full aet issue1d by the royal mint.theres four in the first collection and they have just started anotjer four

  12. Posted June 22, 2017 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    Absurd money-making by the government to issue coins that are never going to be circulated… they should be more widely available…

  13. somer
    Posted June 22, 2017 at 4:11 am | Permalink

    “only a hedgehog” at the end of the book – such a pity because Potter was an accomplished amateur biologist and played a significant role in the early parks and natural sanctuary movement in Britain–potter-e28093-author-and-amateur-pioneer-mycologist/6456308#transcript

  14. Lornie
    Posted June 22, 2017 at 5:18 am | Permalink

    I was given one in my change. 😊

  15. Posted June 22, 2017 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    Shortly after the Darwin £10 note was issued, I picked one up in our local airport (which has a large international area).


    This is a cute coin!

    Photos of the Squirrel Nutkin verion?

    Here we go!

    • Posted June 22, 2017 at 7:04 am | Permalink

      They are making QEII look a bit more realistic these days. When I was a kid, I thought she (forever) looked just like she did when she was coronated. 🙂

      • BJ
        Posted June 22, 2017 at 8:49 am | Permalink

        Well, it’s tradition on many country’s bills and coins to depict the person on it when they were in power (or, in Elizabeth II’s case, when she came to power).

        • Mike
          Posted June 22, 2017 at 9:11 am | Permalink

          Her “power” is non existent,its purely imaginary,as illustrated with the Queens Speech, yesterday,she turned up in Mufti for a quick getaway to the Races,as the PM T.May had changed the timing of the Speech to Mid Ascot Week,when the idle rich faff about in Top Hat and Tails,looking ridiculous. Here’s a remark by the wonderful Dennis Skinner MP to illustrate the point.

          • bric
            Posted June 22, 2017 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

            HMQ also wore a hat suspiciously like the EU flag

  16. Connor Flanagan
    Posted June 22, 2017 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    I have 2 tiggy winkle 50p coins are they worth anything?

    • bric
      Posted June 22, 2017 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

      um . . . 50p

  17. Posted June 22, 2017 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    There’s a local toy store which has borrowed (almost) the name of this character. I wonder what they’d make of this.

  18. Rosalind Chipperfield
    Posted June 22, 2017 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    I work in retail and have come accross a lot of mrs tiggy-winkle that customers have in their change. I also have a peter rabbit and puddle duck. I got them all for 50p each as thats their value, just keep an eye on your change as you could possibly have one.

    • Posted June 22, 2017 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

      In the U.S., as I am, you’ll never get a Tiggy 50p in change. 😦

      • bric
        Posted June 22, 2017 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

        That’ll teach you to Revolutionize!

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