The New Zealand Mint are diving deeper into J.K. Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ universe with their latest addition to their ‘Classic’ range of proof coins. They already have their popular movie poster reproduction coins, and House Banner foils, and we’ve already seen a Hogwarts and Railway coins in this series, but this is the first release that focuses on an individual character, if you discount the oddity of the Chibi coin.
Albus Dumbledore is the surprising, but welcome first choice, the mint resisting the temptation to do yet another Harry Potter or Hermione coin. It looks to be a good image of the character, as portrayed by Michael Gambon, and looks to be highly recognisable. Following the trend set by the extensive Star Wars Classic range, these are cleanly struck, and unadorned proof finish coins, issued for Niue (so just the effigy of QEII on the obverse).
Equally, the same trio of formats is back again, the NZ Mint long ago having found the sizes most desired by the market. The gold comes in one-ounce (250 mintage) and ¼-ounce (500), with the silver sticking solely to the hugely popular one-ounce format (5,000). The two larger coins carry identical designs, but like a few of the Star Wars issues, the small gold coin is modified slightly. In this case, the difference is very small, limited to just a mild cropping, thus enlarging to allow a better use of the smaller canvas. You can see it below.
Each coin is well presented in a quality wooden box, with a seralised Certificate of Authenticity, all wrapped up in a neatly themed shipper. It’s hard to fault this mint for its packaging, which is almost universally well realised. A good release for the Harry Potter fan, and one that by its choice of format, should also be of interest to the more traditional coin collector. Available now, with the next Potter release from the mint being a return to Chibi.