The Royal Mint wraps up its four-coin tribute to Harry Potter with a view of the legendary school, Hogwart’s
Today sees the Royal Mint wrap up its four-coin series of coins celebrating the 25th anniversary of J. K. Rowling’s ultra-popular Harry Potter novels, specifically the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. We’ve already seen Harry Potter, the Hogwarts Express, and Albus Dumbledore on prior issues, and the last coin features the main setting of the books, Hogwarts
A decent image of the school, it’s one that has proven quite popular on coins, as a look at our uber-comprehensive guide to Harry Potter coins will tell you. Obviously, the range of formats remains unchanged for this last issue, and encompasses gold and silver versions of the heptagonal fifty pence coin, as well as two gold and three silver versions of the round coin. All are boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity, and all are available to order later today.
The Royal Mint’s Harry Potter collection is one of a small number that saw a change of portrait during the series. The first two coins in the collection featured the portrait of Her Late Majesty, with the final two coins featuring the official portrait of King Charles III. A change of portrait during the series is a rare occasion, making this set of coins highly collectable. The launch of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry 50p, marks the conclusion of this unique collection of coins.
The Harry Potter coin collection has already received a popular response globally, with collectors and Harry Potter enthusiasts across 86 countries having bought at least one coin in the range. The Royal Mint has seen a strong response from younger families and millennials (28%) purchasing coins in the Harry Potter collection directly from the Mint, linking with those who grew up reading the series of books and finding nostalgia with each coin in the series.
Rebecca Morgan, Director of Collector Services at The Royal Mint, said, “We have thoroughly enjoyed celebrating 25 years since the novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first released with a unique coin collection. Today, we conclude this very special and popular coin collection, with a coin featuring the magical Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It felt fitting to have the final coin in this collection feature Hogwarts School, the place where Harry Potter became one of the greatest wizards of all time. This collection of coins has received a popular response among ‘Potterheads’ across the globe, who have found nostalgia with each coin in the series.”
The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry collectable 50p coin is part of a larger Harry Potter collection featuring the wizard himself Harry Potter, the Hogwarts Express and Professor Albus Dumbledore on their own individual coin.
Combining traditional minting techniques with technology, The Royal Mint’s craftspeople have faithfully reproduced Jim Kay’s illustrations in colour for the first time on official UK coins. Many of the coins in the range also feature an enchanting ‘latent feature’ which rotates in the light to reveal a lightning bolt and the number ‘25’ to mark the anniversary year*. An advanced picosecond laser was used by The Royal Mint to imprint the intricate design onto coin making tools to ensure accuracy, and create an additional, special effect to further enhance the coin’s design.
Available in a range of denominations including a 50p, all four coins have been modelled by Ffion Gwillim at The Royal Mint, which feature the work of Jim Kay, the artist who created the first fully illustrated edition of this Harry Potter story.
|GOLD RANGE SPECIFICATION|
|DENOMINATION||£200 UKP||£25 UKP||£0.5 UKP|
|COMPOSITION||62.42 grams of 0.9999 gold||7.8 grams of 0.9999 gold||15.50 grams of 0.9167 gold|
|DIMENSIONS||40.0 mm||22.0 mm||27.3 mm|
|SILVER RANGE SPECIFICATION|
|DENOMINATION||£10 UKP||£5 UKP||£2 UKP||£0.5 UKP|
|COMPOSITION||156.3 grams of 0.999 silver||62.86 grams of 0.999 silver||31.21 grams of 0.999 silver||8.0 grams of 0.925|
|DIMENSIONS||65.0 mm||40.0 mm||38.61 mm||27.3 mm|
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