A 50p Harry Potter coin has been unveiled as a part of a brand new assortment celebrating 25 years since Harry Potter And The Thinker’s Stone was revealed within the UK.
It depicts the younger wizard and can be in the stores from the Royal Mint’s web site later this month.
It’s the first of 4 cash – modelled by Ffion Gwillim on the Royal Mint – that includes the work of Jim Kay, the artist who created a completely illustrated version of the debut Harry Potter novel.
The opposite cash will characteristic the Hogwarts Categorical, Albus Dumbledore and Hogwarts.
Harry Potter And The Thinker’s Stone was first revealed within the UK in 1997 by Bloomsbury Publishing.
The Mint will reveal the launch date for the brand new coin throughout its social channels within the coming weeks, however collectors and Harry Potter fans can register for updates on its web site.
Ms Gwillim described the Harry Potter illustrations as “iconic and recognisable”.
The Mint’s craftspeople reproduced Kay’s illustrations in color.
Some cash within the vary additionally characteristic a fascinating “latent characteristic”, which rotates within the mild to disclose a lightning bolt and the quantity “25”, marking the anniversary 12 months.
A complicated laser was used to imprint the intricate design on to coin-making instruments to make sure accuracy.
Kay mentioned: “It hasn’t actually sunk in but. It’s the similar for many features of publishing – since you are by yourself the entire time in a studio, none of it fairly appears actual till you see the e-book on a shelf in a store. Then you definately suppose, ‘Oh, yeah! I did that’.
“That is fully new to me although, a coin.”
The primary design was unveiled dwell to collectors and Potter fans on Thursday night.
The “digital unveiling” was held on the Royal Mint’s customer attraction in South Wales.
Nicola Howell, chief industrial officer, mentioned: “Because the official maker of UK cash, we’re delighted to make a spellbinding coin assortment to have fun the twenty fifth anniversary of Harry Potter And The Thinker’s Stone.
“This night, we had the wand-erful alternative to unveil the primary design within the assortment solely to collectors and Harry Potter followers the world over.
“The primary coin within the assortment, celebrating Harry Potter, can be accessible for collectors and followers to purchase on the finish of this month.”
Mandy Archer, editorial director at Bloomsbury Kids’s Books, mentioned: “The Royal Mint’s gorgeous cash are the proper memento of Harry Potter’s silver anniversary.
“Jim Kay’s depiction of the wizarding world is exclusive and extraordinary. We will’t wait to see his work magically transfer past the printed web page and on to this enchanting new medium.”