08 July 2022
The stories of Harry Potter are popular right around the world, so it's no surprise that there is a growing range of coins dedicated to the young wizard. Now The Royal Mint are set to issue a series of Harry Potter 50p coins, as our guide reveals.
In June 2022 a Royal Proclamation revealed that The Royal Mint will be releasing a series of Harry Potter 50p coins, to mark the 25th anniversary of the publication of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Harry Potter 50p coins - what we know so far
The special announcement isn't very detailed, but it does give us information on what subjects will be featured on the coins, with four different designs listed. This suggests there will be a series of four 50p coins issued.
It is likely the coins will be issued as Brilliant Uncirculated 50p coins, and so will not be entered into general circulation and will be sold via the Royal Mint shop.
The proclamation states the reverse of the coins will feature:
- ‘a depiction of Harry Potter with the inscription “HARRY POTTER 25 YEARS OF MAGIC”;
- or a depiction of the Hogwarts Express and the figure of Harry Potter with the inscription “HOGWARTS EXPRESS 25 YEARS OF MAGIC”;
- or a depiction of Albus Dumbledore and the inscription “ALBUS DUMBLEDORE 25 YEARS OF MAGIC”;
- or a depiction of Hogwarts School and the inscription “HOGWARTS 25 YEARS OF MAGIC”.’
Will the Harry Potter 50p coins be valuable?
At this stage it's very hard to say whether the coins will be rare, but it is unlikely. If the coins are issued as collectable coins, they will be made available via The Royal Mint shop for around £10, and the mintage will be listed as 'unlimited'.
However, should the coins be put into circulation, then their scarcity will depend on the mintage figure, and we won't find out about this number until 2024!
Other Harry Potter coins
The new coins won’t be the first to feature the young wizard.
A 2002 50p coin has been issued on behalf of the Pitcairn Islands, featuring an image of Harry from the first film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Meanwhile, the Monnaie de Paris, France’s official mint, have issued a range of Harry Potter medals and coins, including a €10 coin in the shape of a ‘Sorting Hat’. It seems the wizarding world of Harry Potter is a growing theme for coin collectors.