The Royal Mint issues a new 50 pence coin in the Harry Potter collection

Coin series marking the 25th anniversary of the publication of J.K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter book

The Royal Mint has released a 50p Hogwarts Express coin as part of their new Harry Potter collection.

The collectible coin is part of a larger collection celebrating 25 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling was first published in the UK in 1997 by Bloomsbury Publishing.

The coin is also the 50p single coin featuring the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse, or “head” side of the coin.

Other coins in the collection, created in collaboration with Bloomsbury Publishing, The Blair Partnership and Warner Bros., feature Harry Potter, Professor Dumbledore, and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The Harry Potter set is one of a small number that will have a change of heart during the course of the series, which is rare. The first two pieces will display a portrait of the late Queen, and the last two pieces will display a portrait of King Charles III.

A very desirable group

Rebecca Morgan, Director of Collector’s Services at the Royal Mint, said: “The change in image makes this collection very desirable.

“For 70 years, the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II has appeared on every official British coin struck by the Royal Mint. This set of coins is a lasting reminder of the remarkable transition from Britain’s longest-reigning monarch to His Majesty’s first appearance on UK coins.”

By combining traditional minting techniques and technology, Jim Kay’s illustrations have been reproduced in color on some of the coins. Many of the coins in the range also have a “hidden feature” that rotates in the light to reveal a lightning bolt and the number “25” to commemorate the anniversary.

Lasers have been used by The Royal Mint to imprint the intricate design onto coin making tools to ensure accuracy.

Mandy Archer, Managing Editor of Bloomsbury Children’s Books, said: “We are delighted to see the latest coin in the Royal Harry Potter Mint collection.

“Jim Kay’s evocation of the Hogwarts Express transports you immediately away to platform nine and three-quarters – the beginning of Harry’s magical journey. It gives me great pleasure to see his stunning book illustration rendered with skill and beauty on a new anniversary gold coin.”

Where can I buy coins?

Hogwarts Express coin prices range from £11 for the uncirculated 50p version to £5,215 for the £200 gold coin.

The 50p Uncirculated Harry Potter Colored Coin can be purchased individually, at £20 each, and is exclusive to the Royal Mint. The four coin set ranges from £11 (50p uncirculated fine coin set) to £5215 (2 Oz Gold Proof four coin set – only 100 available). All currencies can be purchased from Royal Mint website.