According to Hake's Guide to Advertising Collectibles
, Mr. Peanut was chosen after a company-sponsored contest in 1916. Of course, he has gone through several updates since that time, but he has become more noticeable again on TV commercials and a great moving billboard in Times Square. Mr. Peanut collectibles consist of books, posters, jars, pins, dolls, silverware, banks, watches, and salt/pepper sets.
Note: Mr. Peanut has his share of reproductions and fantasy items. Watch out for anything made by "McCoy", as the company never made a Mr. Peanut jar or bank. Glass counter jars have also been both reproduced and faked. (Fantasy items that were never made by Planters) Make sure you know what you're buying and do the homework before spending money on an item you are not familiar with.