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 three 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! So where are all the coins then?
Remarkably absent from the precious metal coin world, despite a plethora of big name and big money licences making appearances over the last few years, Harry Potter is finally joining the club with a new eight-issue set of coloured, one-ounce character proof coins in fine 0.999 silver. Each of the coins showcases one of the major characters in full colour using their movie personas, with a differing view of Hogwarts cleanly struck in the background field. Issued for Fiji, that nations coat of arms fills much of the obverse, along with inscribed issue and composition details.
No complaints about packaging. Each coin comes in an individually themed box that holds the encapsulated coin, and can even hold it if placed in an NGC graded slab. As with some of this producers popular Marvel-themed releases, a fantastic touch is the certificate of authenticity being made of fine silver. With their own custom artwork, along with the serial number (2,000 of each will be struck), it’s almost like getting a silver foil with every coin. Available from next week, this is a long awaited dip into this ultra-popular franchise for coin collectors around the world.
The short character notes below are from a site called The Harry Potter Lexicon, and if you have any interest in this fictional universe, it’s a fine place to dabble in and written by fans rather than a commercial enterprise.