2023 Harry Potter Albus Dumbledore Fifty Pence Gold Proof Coin
The Royal Mint's 25 Years Of Magic Collection
2022 marks twenty-five years since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: the first book in J K Rowling's seven-part fantasy series was published in June 1997.
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.
To celebrate 25 Years of Magic, The Royal Mint will soon release an extensive collection of UK coinage featuring four designs inspired by the world of Harry Potter:
- 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”'
Read more on about the upcoming series on our blog: Accio Numismatica! Royal Mint to Conjure Up Harry Potter Coins.
Who Will Design 2022 Harry Potter Coins?
At this point all we know is that there will be four magical reverses, adapted for the available denominations. Promotional material from The Royal Mint shows artwork by Jim Kay who has created recent illustrated editions of the Harry Potter books for Bloomsbury. Could it be Kay's magical artwork that appears on the coins or other talented British artists?
The Gazette proclamation makes clear that these coins will feature the standard portrait of Her Majesty the Queen to the obverse. Since 2015 this has been Jody Clark's fifth definitive effigy which shows Elizabeth II wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara. The artist's initials will appear below and the denomination will be identified in the legend.
The packaging for these 25 Years of Magic coins will be Harry Potter themed too with printed boxes, booklets and display folders likely to feature exclusive imagery. We offer all our modern Royal Mint collectors coins in their original presentation packaging with numbered certificates of authenticity enclosed.
Are Royal Mint Harry Potter Coins Collectible?
Previous Royal Mint coins based on beloved children's books have proved incredible popular. The ongoing Beatrix Potter series appeals both to coin collectors and those with nostalgic memories of her Little Tales. We anticipate that the 25 Years of Magic collection will be a favourite with young people who've grown up with J K Rowling's stories.
Adding to the collectibility of these forthcoming Royal Mint coins is the fact that there are four different designs to collect.
Each is available in a range of metals and finishes meaning that there's something in this collection for every budget.
We don't know exact mintage figures for these coins yet but we can anticipate the gold proof editions being available in very limited numbers. The 5oz silver coin will provide the largest canvas for the reverse designs, allowing owners to appreciate the original Harry Potter inspired artwork to its best advantage. If you're serious about Fifty Pence pieces though you'll want to look out for the brilliant uncirculated coins.
Where Can I Buy A 2022 Harry Potter Coin?
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?
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