05 July 2022
A recent Royal Proclamation has revealed that The Royal Mint will be releasing a series of Harry Potter coins later this year, including a 50p piece, to mark the 25th anniversary of the publication of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
The proclamation was issued on 10 June and states that a new series of coins will feature a cupro-nickel 50p coin, as well as a silver version and special £200, £25, £10, £5 and £2 coins.
Details are still shrouded in secrecy, so it is not clear if the coin will be entered into general circulation, and some experts believe the coins will only be available via The Royal Mint and other coin dealers.
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The special announcement does give us details of what will be featured on the coins, with four different designs listed, suggesting there will be a series of coins issued. 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”.’
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.