The 50p Harry Potter coin has been unveiled as part of a new collection celebrating 25 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published in the UK.
t depicts the young witch and will be available for purchase from the Royal Mint’s website later this month.
This is the first of four coins – modeled by Ffion Gwillim at the Royal Mint – featuring the work of Jim Kay, the artist who created the fully illustrated version of the debut Harry Potter novel .
Other coins will feature the Hogwarts Express, Albus Dumbledore and Hogwarts.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published in the UK in 1997 by Bloomsbury Publishing.
The Mint will reveal a new coin launch date on its social channels in the coming weeks, but Harry Potter collectors and enthusiasts can sign up for updates on their website.
Ms Gwillim described the Harry Potter illustrations as “iconic and recognizable”.
Mint craftsmen reproduced Kay’s illustrations in color.
Some of the coins in the range also have an enchanting “hidden feature”, which rotates in the light to reveal lightning and the number “25”, marking the anniversary year.
An advanced laser was used to make intricate design imprints on the coin-generating tools to ensure accuracy.
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Kay said. The same goes for most aspects of publishing – because you’re always alone in the studio, none of it seems real until you see the book on the shelf in a window. row. Then you think, ‘Oh, yes! I did that’.
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“However, this is completely new to me, a coin.”
The first design was unveiled directly to Potter collectors and enthusiasts on Thursday night.
The “virtual launch” was held at the Royal Mint’s attraction in South Wales.
Nicola Howell, chief commercial officer, said: “As the UK’s official coin manufacturer, we are delighted to launch a collection of magical coins to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone.
“Tonight we had the opportunity to present the first design in a collection dedicated to Harry Potter collectors and fans around the world.
“The first coin in the collection, commemorating Harry Potter, will be available for collectors and fans to purchase later this month.”
Mandy Archer, editorial director of Bloomsbury Children’s Books, said: “The Royal Mint’s gorgeous coins are the perfect souvenir for Harry Potter’s silver anniversary.
“Jim Kay’s depiction of the wizarding world is unique and extraordinary. We can’t wait to see his work magically move beyond the printed page and into this mesmerizing new medium. “
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