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  • The Royal Mint has launched its final individual collectable 50p coin in its Harry Potter collection, with the reverse featuring Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
  • The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry collectable 50p coin is part of a coin collection introduced in 2022 celebrating the 25th publishing anniversary of J.K. Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone’.
  • The Royal Mint Harry Potter coin collection has performed strongly globally, with collectors and Harry Potter enthusiasts across 86 countries purchasing at least one coin from the range.
  • All four coins in the collection feature scenes and characters from the first book in the series illustrated by Jim Kay.
  • Customers can secure all four coins in the collection at once from The Royal Mint’s website.

The Royal Mint, official maker of UK coins, has today launched the final 50p coin in its Harry Potter collection celebrating 25 years since the publication of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with a coin featuring the enchanting Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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 on 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.

The coin series has been created in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing, The Blair Partnership and Warner Bros, Consumer Products. The final coin in the collection featuring Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is available to purchase from The Royal Mint’s website.

* This excludes the ¼ Oz denomination due to the limited size of the surface

 

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The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry 50p coin Specifications

Coin title

The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry 2023 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry 2023 UK 50p Colour Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry 2023 UK 50p Colour Silver Proof Coin

The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry UK 50p Gold Proof Coin

Denomination

50p

50p

50p

50p

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

Cupro-nickel

Cupro-nickel

925 Ag

916.7 Au

Weight

8.00g

8.00g

8.00g

15.50g

Diameter

27.30mm

27.30mm

27.30mm

27.30mm

Obverse Designer

Martin Jennings

Martin Jennings

Martin Jennings

Martin Jennings

Reverse Designer

Jim Kay / Ffion Gwillim

Jim Kay / Ffion Gwillim

Jim Kay / Ffion Gwillim

Jim Kay / Ffion Gwillim

Features

Microtext - 25 YEARS OF MAGIC

Latent Feature - 25 and lightning bolt

Microtext - 25 YEARS OF MAGIC

Latent Feature - 25 and lightning bolt

Microtext - 25 YEARS OF MAGIC

Latent Feature - 25 and lightning bolt

Microtext - 25 YEARS OF MAGIC

Latent Feature - 25 and lightning bolt

Quality

Brilliant Uncirculated

Brilliant Uncirculated

Proof

Proof

Limited Edition Presentation

Unlimited

Unlimited

15,000

300

RRP

£11.00

£20.00

£69.50

£1,195.00

 

The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Ounces Specifications

Coin title

The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry 2023 UK 1oz Silver Proof Coin

The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry 2023 UK 2oz Silver Proof Coin

The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry 2023 UK 5oz Silver Proof Coin

The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry 2023 UK 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin

The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry 2023 UK 2oz Gold Proof Coin

Denomination

£2

£5

£10

£25

£200

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

999 Ag

999 Ag

999 Ag

999.9 Au

999.9 Au

Weight

31.21g

62.86g

156.30g

7.80g

62.42g

Diameter

38.61mm

40.00mm

65.00mm

22.00mm

40.00mm

Obverse Designer

Martin Jennings

Martin Jennings

Martin Jennings

Martin Jennings

Martin Jennings

Reverse Designer

Jim Kay / Ffion Gwillim

Jim Kay / Ffion Gwillim

Jim Kay / Ffion Gwillim

Jim Kay / Ffion Gwillim

Jim Kay / Ffion Gwillim

Features

Microtext - 25 YEARS OF MAGIC

Latent Feature - 25 and lightning bolt

Microtext - 25 YEARS OF MAGIC

Latent Feature - 25 and lightning bolt

Microtext - 25 YEARS OF MAGIC

Latent Feature - 25 and lightning bolt

Microtext - 25 YEARS OF MAGIC

 

Microtext - 25 YEARS OF MAGIC

Latent Feature - 25 and lightning bolt

Edge Inscription

DRACO DORMIENS NUNQUAM TITILLANDUS

-

-

-

-

Quality

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Limited Edition Presentation

5,000

500

300

500

50

RRP

£99.50

£190.00

£480.00

£725.00

£5,215.00

 

 

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