The Monnaie de Paris has released (2nd March) new gold and silver novelty-shaped coins in tribute to one of the world’s major literary and cinematographic works — the magical world of the boy wizard, Harry Potter.
In total, there have been seven books in the Harry Potter series, and eight full-length feature films have collectively earned an astonishing $7.73 billion worldwide. It’s no wonder that Harry Potter is considered one of the most successful franchises of all time — making major stars out of the young cast portraying the young wizard and his friends.
Featured on these collector coins is Hedwig — Harry Potter’s pet snowy owl and who was an 11th birthday gift from Professor Rubeus Hagrid, an English half-giant wizard, to Harry, who had purchased her at the Eeylops Owl Emporium.
This original and uniquely shaped coin designed by Monnaie de Paris artisan Joachim Jimenez pays homage to Hedwig, the owl that Hagrid gave to Harry Potter for his 11th birthday, bought in Diagon Alley. Hedwig holds in her beak the acceptance letter complete with a wax seal from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, received by every wizard on his 11th birthday.
On the obverse is the bolt-shaped scar of Harry Potter, the mark of an Unforgivable Spell cast by the wizard Voldemort, and is a primary feature.
The face value of the coin of 200 EURO (gold) or 10 EURO (silver) as well as the initials RF and the year of issue are also engraved on the reverse.
|10 euro||.999 Silver||22 g||56 mm||Proof||5,000|
|200 euro||.999 Gold||31.1 g||56 mm||Proof||250|
Each coin is specially encapsulated and presented in a custom case accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. For more information about these coins and others in the Harry Potter collection, please visit the website of the Monnaie de Paris.