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  • The Royal Mint has launched the final individual collectable 50p coin of the year bearing Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II portrait, with the reverse featuring The Hogwarts Express.
  • The Hogwarts Express collectable 50p coin is a part of a new coin collection celebrating the 25th publishing anniversary of J.K. Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone’.
  • The first two coins in the collection will feature the portrait of Her Late Majesty, and the final two coins in the series will feature the official portrait of King Charles III.
  • 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 a collectable 50p featuring the enchanting Hogwarts Express. The Hogwarts Express collectable coin is also the final individual 50p to have Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait appear on the obverse (heads) side of the coin. 

The Hogwarts Express collectable 50p coin is part of a larger Harry Potter collection celebrating 25 years since the novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling was first published in the UK in 1997 by Bloomsbury Publishing. Each coin in the collection features Harry Potter, the Hogwarts Express, Professor Dumbledore and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry on their own individual coin.

The Royal Mint’s Harry Potter collection will be one of a small number that will see a change of portrait during the series. The first two coins in the collection will feature the portrait of Her Late Majesty, and the final two coins will feature the official portrait of King Charles III. A change of portrait during the series is a rare occasion, making these set of coins highly collectable. 

Rebecca Morgan, Director of Collector Services at The Royal Mint said, “Following a popular response to the first coin in The Royal Mint’s Harry Potter collection, we are delighted to launch the next coin in the series and the final individual collectable 50p of the year, featuring The Hogwarts Express. The spellbinding Hogwarts Express coin will also be the last individual 50p to bear Queen Elizabeth II portrait before His Majesty The King’s official coin portrait will appear on the final two coins in the collection. The Royal Mint’s Harry Potter collection presents a unique opportunity for collectors and fans of Harry Potter across the world. A change in portrait makes this collection a highly sought after one. For 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait has appeared on every official UK coin struck by The Royal Mint. This collection of coins serves as a permanent reminder of the fascinating transition from Britain’s longest reigning monarch to His Majesty the King’s first appearance on UK coins.”

Jim Kay, illustrator, and designer of the Harry Potter coin collection commented on producing the coin design, “It hasn’t really sunk in yet. It is the same for most aspects of publishing – because you are on your own all of the time in a studio, none of it quite seems real until you see the book on a shelf in a shop. Then you think ‘oh yeah! I did that!’ This is completely new to me though, a coin!”

Mandy Archer, Editorial Director at Bloomsbury Children’s Books said, “We are delighted to see the latest coin in The Royal Mint’s Harry Potter collection. Jim Kay’s evocation of the Hogwarts Express instantly whisks you away to platform nine and three-quarters – the very start of Harry’s magical journey. It’s a joy to see his stunning book illustration so skilfully and beautifully rendered on a new silver anniversary 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 second coin in the collection celebrating The Hogwarts Express is available to purchase from The Royal Mint’s website with customers able to secure all four coins at once: Harry Potter | The Royal Mint

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

 

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The Hogwarts Express 50p coin Specifications

Coin title

The Hogwarts Express 2022 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

The Hogwarts Express 2022 UK 50p Colour Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

The Hogwarts Express 2022 UK 50p Colour Silver Proof Coin

The Hogwarts Express 2022 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

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

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 Express Ounces Specifications

Coin title

The Hogwarts Express 2022 UK 1oz Silver Proof Coin

The Hogwarts Express 2022 UK 2oz Silver Proof Coin

The Hogwarts Express 2022 UK 5oz Silver Proof Coin

The Hogwarts Express 2022 UK 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin

The Hogwarts Express 2022 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

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

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

PLATFORM NINE AND THREE-QUARTERS

-

-

-

-

Quality

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Limited Edition Presentation

15,000

750

300

650

100

RRP

£99.50

£190.00

£480.00

£725.00

£5,215.00

 

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