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Peter Rabbit coins crash Royal Mint website

The 2017 collection of coloured coins. Credit: Royal Mint

The Royal Mint website appears to have crashed, due to the popularity of the group's new Peter Rabbit colour coins.

The Royal Mint is bolstering the coin collection it issued last year to mark the 150th anniversary of the author's birth.

Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, Tom Kitten and Jeremy Fisher are all featured in the special UK release.

However, right now the coins seem to be a victim of their own success, with a huge waiting list for people trying to access the Royal Mint's website.

People trying to access the website have to wait in a queue. Credit: ITV Border

As this collection was launched, the Royal Mint lauded the success of the 2016 collection.

While we always knew that the Beatrix Potter characters would be a huge hit, the enormous popularity of the 2016 set exceeded everyone's expectations.

The coins sold out almost instantly as people raced to collect a complete set of the four friends. We're delighted to be able to present another group of her exquisite characters, giving them a new lease of life on our specially-designed coloured commemorative coins.

– Anne Jessopp, of The Royal Mint

Children's author Beatrix Potter spent many childhood holidays in the Lake District, and went on to own a home there.