Harry Potter-themed coins depicting the Hogwarts Express have been released by the Royal Mint.
The Hogwarts Express collector coin is also the last individual 50 pence coin to feature Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait on the obverse or ‘heads’ side of the coin.
The coin is part of a larger collection celebrating 25 years since the novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling 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 Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry on their own coin.
The Royal Mint’s Harry Potter collection will be one of a small number that will have a portrait change over the course of the series, the Mint said.
The first two coins in the collection will feature the late Queen’s portrait, and the last two coins will feature the King’s portrait.
A portrait change during the series is rare, the Mint added.
Rebecca Morgan, Director of Collector Services at the Royal Mint, said: “A portrait change makes this collection a highly sought after collection.
“For 70 years, the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II has appeared on all official UK coins minted by the Royal Mint.
“This coin collection serves as a permanent reminder of the fascinating transition from Britain’s longest reigning monarch to His Majesty the King’s first appearance on British coins.”
Combining traditional minting techniques with technology, Jim Kay’s illustrations have been reproduced in color on some of the coins. Many pieces in the range also feature a ‘latent feature’ which spins in the light to reveal a lightning bolt and the number ’25’ to mark the anniversary year.
A laser was used by the Royal Mint to imprint the intricate pattern onto coin-making tools to ensure accuracy.
Hogwarts Express coin prices range from £11 for a shiny uncirculated 50p denomination version to £5,215 for a £200 gold coin.
The coin series was created in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing, The Blair Partnership and Warner Bros., Consumer Products.
Mandy Archer, Editorial Director of Bloomsbury Children’s Books, said: “We are delighted to see the latest piece in the Royal Mint’s Harry Potter collection.
“Jim Kay’s evocation of the Hogwarts Express instantly takes you to platform nine and three quarters – the very beginning of Harry’s magical journey.
“It’s a joy to see his stunning book illustration so skillfully and beautifully rendered on a new silver anniversary coin.”