Harry Potter seems to zip about the coin world more than most, having already appeared at the Crown Mint for several issues, MDM, and in more numerous form, at the New Zealand Mint. We can now add the Monnaie de Paris to this convoluted mix with their new range of precious metal coins.
The most striking of the range is clearly the shaped ‘Hedwig’ owl coin, with the mint making a rare foray into shaped numismatics. It’s a pretty cool looking design, showing the owl holding Potter’s acceptance letter into Hogwarts. The obverse continues the theme with the back of the owl being depicted, into which is inscribed the denomination, etc. The two formats are Monnaie de Paris staples – the one ounce gold and the 22.2 gram silver.
The biggest of the ‘normal’ format coins is a five-ounce silver coin with some selective colour highlighting on the obverse. This one shows Harry, Hermione and Ron ready for action, and the Hogwarts shield emblem, with the four house emblems coloured, fills the obverse. Not a huge coin at 50 mm in diameter, we’re expecting decent relief at least, and the design is good.