The Harry Potter themed coin featuring the Hogwarts Express has been launched by the Royal Mint.
The Hogwarts Express collectible coin is also the last individual 50-cent coin to have a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II appear on the opposite or “head” side of the coin.
The coin is part of a larger collection commemorating the 25th anniversary since JK Rowling’s novel Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was first published in the UK in 1997 by Bloomsbury Publishing.
As well as the Hogwarts Express, the coins in the collection feature Harry Potter, Professor Dumbledore and the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry on their own coins.
The Royal Mint’s Harry Potter collection will be one of the few that will feature a portrait change throughout the series, the Mint said.
The first two coins in the collection will feature a portrait of the late Queen and the last two will feature a portrait of the King.
Mint adds, it is very rare to change the portrait in the series.
Rebecca Morgan, director of collection services at the Royal Mint, said: “The change in portraiture makes this collection a highly sought after collection.
“For 70 years, the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II has appeared on every official UK coin produced by the Royal Mint.
“This coin collection serves as a permanent reminder of the fascinating transition from England’s longest-reigning monarch to His Majesty the King appearing for the first time on the UK’s coins. Older brother.”
Combining traditional minting techniques with technology, Jim Kay’s illustrations have been reproduced in color on some of the coins. Many coins in this range also have “hidden features” that rotate in the light to reveal lightning and the number “25” to mark the anniversary year.
The Royal Mint used lasers to print intricate designs onto the minting tools to ensure accuracy.
Prices for Hogwarts Express coins range from £11 for the brilliant uncirculated 50p version to £5,215 for the £200 gold coin.
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The coin series has been created in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing, The Blair Partnership and Warner Bros, Consumer Products.
Mandy Archer, editorial director at Bloomsbury Children’s Books, said: “We are delighted to see the newest coin in the Royal Mint’s Harry Potter collection.
“The summoning of the Hogwarts Express by Jim Kay immediately brings you to platform nine-thirds – the starting point of Harry’s magical journey.
“It was a pleasure to see his beautiful book illustrations rendered so skillfully and beautifully on the new silver commemorative coin.”
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