After a successful run through the nine Star Wars movies (the ninth coin should be imminent), the NZ Mint has turned its attention to the equally gigantic Harry Potter Universe and it fine selection of official movie posters With eight movies in total, we’d expect to see these issued at perhaps four per year for the next two years.
As with the Star Wars coins, these are one ounce fine silver coins of 36 x 53 mm in size and they reproduce the movie posters almost completely as original, with the exception that the white background of the original is allowed to remain as an uncoloured proof silver finish. It works well, and combined with superb packaging, will be a great item for the Potter fan. It’s a pity, a minor one, that they chose to use the US movie title ‘Sorcerers Stone’, instead of the international movie, and original book title, ‘Philosophers Stone’, but to be fair, it’s probably a slightly better poster design, in our view. Available now for around $85.00 USD, it has a mintage of 5,000 pieces.
One of the most popular literary and movie characters of all time, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has enthralled fantasy fans for the last couple of decades since its first British publication in 1997. Spanning seven novels that were serialised in eight movies, the Harry Potter Universe has a firm grip on third place in the biggest grossing movie franchises of all time ($9.2b), with at least two more Fantastic Beasts movies still to come at the time of writing.
It’s hard to imagine doing much better than that, but the original novels have managed it with ease. The biggest selling novels of all time, with over half a BILLION having been printed, they’ve been translated into eighty languages. The last four novels each successively broke the record for fastest selling book of all time, with the last one moving 11 million copies in 24 hours!