Royal Mint launches Harry Potter 50p coins to mark 25 years since first book

A new 50p coin is being released to celebrate 25 years since the first Harry Potter book.

The coin features Professor Albus Dumbledore as part of a new collection from The Royal Mint.

It comes as the first book was published in 1997 and sold a whopping 120million copies.

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The coin will feature the image of the Hogwarts headmaster with his hand in a bag of sherbet lemon sweets.

It has King Charles III's portrait on the "heads" side, while the other coins in the collection feature the late Queen.

A change of portrait during the series is rare, making these set of coins highly collectable, The Royal Mint said.

The coins are available to buy from the website as a 50p denomination version.

Prices for the Professor Albus Dumbledore coin range from 50p, £20 to an eye-watering £5,215.

The £200 denomination gold coin is what will set you back a few thousands.

Rebecca Morgan, director of collector services, said: "We are delighted to be continuing our spellbinding Harry Potter coin collection with Professor Albus Dumbledore featuring on his very own 50p.

"The Royal Mint's Harry Potter coin collection has seen a popular response, not only for the books being a global phenomenon, but due to the collection being one of a small number that will see a change of portrait during the series.

"The 50p coin featuring Professor Albus Dumbledore marks this change of portrait, with His Majesty King Charles III's official coin portrait now appearing for the first time in the series."

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Other coins in the collection feature Harry Potter himself, the Hogwarts Express and the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Some of the coins are in colour and have a "latent feature" which rotates in the light to reveal a lightening bolt and the number "25" to mark the anniversary year.

These are uncirculated commemorative coins, so you'll have to buy them from The Royal Mint directly.

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