The journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters has begun, with the brand new 2022 UK Hogwarts Express 50p.
Continue reading to discover why it’s not just Harry Potter fans that are rushing to get their hands on this coin…
First introduced 25 years ago, in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the Hogwarts Express is estimated to have transported students to the famous wizarding school, no less than SIX times a year.
And so iconic is this train, that Jim Kay dedicated the entire cover and two full pages of his fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to it.
It’s also been celebrated in the UK Harry Potter 50p series – the first-ever UK coins to celebrate the famous wizard.
Excitingly, this brand-new coin is a mirror image of Jim Kay’s 2015 illustrated book.
Last individual QEII UK commemorative 50p
This 50p has been confirmed to be the last individual UK commemorative 50p to feature Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait on the obverse. This is sure to make this individual coin highly sought-after.
But the whole Harry Potter 50p series has a very interesting story…
It’s unlike any other.
The series includes both Queen Elizabeth II and King Charles III’s portraits on them.
The Harry Potter and Hogwarts Express 50p coins feature the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse.
However, the coins issued next year (Albus Dumbledore and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry 50ps) will feature King Charles III’s portrait on the obverse.
This is sure to make the series even more popular with collectors, as they race to collect the last UK commemorative QEII coins, alongside some of the very first KCIII coins.
Special lenticular feature on 2022 UK Hogwarts Express 50p
Unique to the Harry Potter 50p series, a lightning bolt lenticular feature appears on the reverse design of the 2022 UK Hogwarts Express 50p coin.
When tilted, the lightning bolt transforms into the number 25, in celebration of the first book’s anniversary.
This has been catching the attention of collectors since it first appeared on the 2022 UK Harry Potter 50p.
The best way to view this lenticular feature is with the Change Checker Phone Magnifier!
It works by clipping onto a mobile device, and magnifying the camera, allowing you to see the incredible small detail of the Hogwarts Express 50p!
It’s believed the lenticular feature will also appear on the 2023 Harry Potter 50p coins.
Combining the intricate reverse design, with QEII’s portrait and a special lenticular feature, this coin is set to be in high demand…
Will you be adding this brand-new coin to your collection? Let us know in the comments!
Fill the gaps in your Harry Potter 50p collection!
You can even pre-order the final two Harry Potter coins, ahead of their release next year.