Earlier this month The Royal Mint announced the upcoming release of a new collection, inspired by the Harry Potter series. The 25 Years of Magic coins aren't out yet but we've got all the details on what we expect to be a very popular series.
New Royal Mint Coin Releases
We get news about new Royal Mint releases by scouring the London Gazette website. The Gazette is the British Government's journal of record and all new coins and changes to existing denominations need to be 'proclaimed' here.
Proclamations - like the one published on 10 June 2022 - give us hints about new issues. They don't give you the full details or any image but they certainly leave us with enough to speculate on.
This recent proclamation confirms an extensive collection of Harry Potter themed coins. It includes specifications and brief descriptions of reverse designs.
The details of upcoming Royal Mint releases are announced in The London Gazette.
Twenty Five Years of Magic
2022 marks twenty-five years since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (also known as the Sorcerer's Stone in the United States). The first book in J K Rowling's seven-part fantasy series was published in June 1997, inviting readers - young and old - to enter the magical world of Hogwarts.
The story follows Harry Potter as he discovers he's a wizard on his eleventh birthday and spends the rest of his school career fighting the magical supremacist who killed his parents with the help of his pals, Ron and Hermione.
The Harry Potter books are the best-selling series in history. They've been translated into 73 languages and adapted into a series of blockbuster films. Collectors can enjoy a whole range of official and unofficial merch but there's never been an official UK coin featuring The Boy Who Lived: until now.
What designs will Harry Potter coins feature?
The proclamation suggests that four different reverse designs will be available in the 25 Years of Magic collection. We don't know exactly what they'll look like but The Royal Mint's promotional material suggests that Jim Kay, the illustrator behind recent British editions of the Harry Potter books, might be involved.
We also have some brief descriptions to go on. Per the Gazette, the four reverses will be as follows:
- Harry Potter - 'a depiction of Harry Potter with the inscription “HARRY POTTER 25 YEARS OF MAGIC”'
- Hogwarts Express - 'a depiction of the Hogwarts Express and the figure of Harry Potter with the inscription “HOGWARTS EXPRESS 25 YEARS OF MAGIC”'
- Albus Dumbledore - 'a depiction of Albus Dumbledore and the inscription “ALBUS DUMBLEDORE 25 YEARS OF MAGIC”'
- Hogwarts School - 'a depiction of Hogwarts School and the inscription “HOGWARTS 25 YEARS OF MAGIC”'
Will the artwork be inspired by that used on the UK edition of the Harry Potter books? Or will new artists put their own spin on these themes? We'll just have to wait and see, though Royal Mint promotional materials do seem to show original artwork.
The obverse of all the coins in the collection will no doubt feature Jody Clark's portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. In use since 2015, this is the fifth definitive definitive effigy of Elizabeth II to be used on her British coinage. This will be accompanied by the legend: 'ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D ·' and the face value.
What 25 Years of Magic coins will be available?
You'll be able to collect the four designs on a comprehensive range of coins, suitable for all budgets. It looks like the collection will include large gold and silver pieces as well as Fifty Pence coins in gold, silver and BU. The proclamation details eight different denominations, each with four variants so 32 coins in total:
While the 50ps have typically plain edges, the larger denominations have are milled. The 2oz silver coins have an extra feature: quotes from the books, inscribed on the edge:
- For the Harry Potter coin: 'HARRY POTTER – THE BOY WHO LIVED!'
- Hogwarts Express: 'PLATFORM NINE AND THREE-QUARTERS'
- Albus Dumbledore: 'NITWIT! BLUBBER! ODDMENT! TWEAK!'
- Hogwarts School: 'DRACO DORMIENS NUNQUAM TITILLANDUS'
As usual, the gold and silver editions will be offered in very limited numbers with the 2oz gold proof coins likely to be the most scarce and the most sought after. We don't have any specific mintage figures just yet but we'll let you know when we do.
We can expect that the proof Harry Potter coins will come in bespoke presentation packaging with artwork to the outer box and a fascinating information booklet enclosed. The Brilliant Uncirculated pieces will presumably come in a display folder.
When will the Harry Potter coins be released?
We don't have a release date yet for the 25 Years of Magic range. The first Harry Potter book was published on 7 June 1997 but since we're past that anniversary we might expect the release later in the year - perhaps for Harry's birthday on 31 July?
Frequently Asked Questions
The very first UK legal tender Harry Potter coins are due to be released by The Royal Mint. Other British territories have previously released Harry Potter 50ps, but they are not UK legal tender. We’re stocking an extensive range of Harry Potter coins including all four collectible designs.
A number of countries have issued Harry Potter coins over the years, including The Isle of Man, New Zealand, Gibraltar and The Pitcairn Islands. However, none of these carry UK legal tender status. The Royal Mint’s Harry Potter coins feature four different collectible designs on 50ps and other denominations.
The Royal Mint's new Harry Potter 50ps come in brilliant uncirculated, silver proof and gold proof. The precious metal editions will only be available in small numbers and, as such, will be among the most valuable coins in the 25 Years of Magic range, released in late 2022.
In 2022 The Royal Mint released a range of Harry Potter 50ps, celebrating 25 years since the publication of J K Rowling’s first beloved novel. The 25 Years of Magic collection includes brilliant uncirculated, silver proof and gold proof Fifty Pence pieces, plus larger precious metal coins to suit every budget.
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The Royal Mint's 25 Years of Magic range is due to be released sometime in 2022, a quarter century after the first Harry Potter book was published in the UK. Sign up for product alerts to get notified when our stock of Harry Potter coins drops. You'll be first in line for Harry Potter 50ps without worrying about the queue.
The Royal Mint's 25 Years of Magic collection has been released to coincide with the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter book which introduced the boy wizard to the world. The collection is extensive and includes BU 50ps and limited edition gold proof coins, all featuring four collectible designs.
The Royal Mint's 25 Years of Magic range contains coins for every budget from brilliant uncirculated 50ps to 2oz gold coins. The gold coinage in the range is likely to be among the most valuable, thanks to its composition and the fact that very limited numbers of these Harry Potter coins are available.
The Royal Mint is offering Harry Potter 25 Years of Magic coins in BU, silver proof and gold proof. The gold coins are only available in very limited numbers so are likely to be among the most valuable in the 2022 range. The enduring appeal of the Harry Potter series will likely make these coins sought after by collectors.