UK 50p inspired by Jim Kay’s illustrations of Harry Potter

A brand new collection of UK 50p coins is now available, celebrating 25 years since the first publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

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Since 1997, more than half a billion Harry Potter books have been sold. That means one in fifteen people in the world owns a Harry Potter book.

25 years on, the Harry Potter books continue to evolve. Most significantly, with newer illustrations by renowned artists, like Jim Kay.

Bringing magic to the page

Jim Kay is thought to have worked 12 hours a day, 7 days a week on his reimagined illustrations of Harry Potter and the Wizarding World.

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Chapter One of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the 2015 illustrated edition by Bloomsbury and Jim Kay. Reads: ‘CHAPTER ONE – THE BOY WHO LIVED’

Jim Kay is the star of Bloomsbury’s latest editions and his illustrations can be seen in books 1-5.

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Harry Potter Hardback Book Collection by Bloomsbury, illustrated by Jim Kay.
From left to right: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, The Chamber of Secrets, The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Goblet of Fire and The Order of the Phoenix.

Speaking to The British Library, Kay said the commission of all seven illustrated Harry Potter books is the “most frightening” an artist could get.

When creating his illustrations for these books, Kay describes wanting to “give people something to discover on each reading”.

His illustrations take inspiration from museums, libraries, National Trust properties, and everything in between.

Drawing the Boy Who Lived

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2022 UK Harry Potter 50p reverse design, with Jim Kay’s illustration of the Boy Who Lived.

Jim Kay admits that the hardest thing to visualise in the whole project is Harry himself.

Sticking to the origins of the famous character, his drawings of the Boy Who Lived show a young boy, with as he describes, “an unusual face”.

2022 UK Harry Potter 50p

Jim Kay says seeing his illustrations on large scale print still fills him with fear. But, we’re sure he is delighted to see his drawings brought to life on the UK 50p for the first time.

The brand new collection of 50p coins is made up of four coins, starting with Harry Potter..

The first coin in the series is now available to order, with the remaining coins also available to pre-order.

Click here to add the Harry Potter 50p to your collection >>

Royal Mail stamps honour Queen Elizabeth II

To honour the life and achievements of Queen Elizabeth II, The Royal Mail has issued four commemorative stamps, featuring portraits of Her Late Majesty.

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Official Royal Mail stamps issued in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s life

They feature beautiful black & white images of the Queen throughout her life, taken between 1952 and 1996.

The Queen Elizabeth II stamps are also the first to be approved by King Charles III, which is sure to increase collector demand.

The Westminster Collection have issued a limited set of these stamps, postmarked on their first day of issue – 10th November 2022.

New Royal Mail Stamps: Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Cover

Featured alongside the stamps is one of the most sought-after coins of recent years, the UK Platinum Jubilee £5 coin.

Just 2,022 of these covers are available to mark this important moment in history. And remember, the one-day-only postmark means no more can ever be produced.

Pay tribute to the incredible life of Queen Elizabeth II. Pre-order this special cover today for just £39.99 (+p&p) by clicking here >>

Queen Elizabeth II Stamp & Coin Memorial Set

As well as the Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Cover, The Westminster Collection has an extremely limited collection of coins from the 1953 Coronation year, issued alongside these brand new stamps.

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This memorial collection includes a complete collection of eight coins, each one struck by The Royal Mint in the year of Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation in 1953.

At nearly 70 years old, these coins are difficult to find and incredibly sought-after on the secondary market.

JUST 495 issued

With brand new Royal Mail stamps, postmarked on their issue date, and alongside the 1953 circulating coinage, the edition limit of 495 isn’t likely to be enough.

Click here to secure your Queen Elizabeth II Stamp & Coin Memorial Set >>


Let us know in the comments below what you think of these brand new Queen Elizabeth II Royal Mail stamps.


Worldwide Mints struggle to meet collector demand for Queen Elizabeth II coins

Demand for Queen Elizabeth II coins has been felt at Mints around the world, following the sad news of her passing on 8th September.

Collectors heading to The Royal Mint and The Royal Australian Mint websites have been faced with long queues.

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Royal Mint website queue on Thursday 8th September.
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Royal Australian Mint website queue on Thursday 8th September.

Coins issued within this year, particularly those issued in recent weeks, were in high demand.

The Royal Mint’s website indicated high interest in royalty themed coins – most notably, coins issued to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s varying Jubilees.

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The 1977 Elizabeth II Crown was listed as ‘awaiting stock’.

Just one of the many coins awaiting stock was the 1977 Elizabeth II Crown, issued to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.

The 2022 UK Annual Coin Set, featuring both Platinum Jubilee 50p and £5 coins, is currently unavailable at The Royal Mint. However, these coins are fetching around £170 on the secondary market sites.

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2022 UK Annual Coin Set – sold on eBay for £159.99.

As The Royal Mint works hard to meet demand for Queen Elizabeth II coinage, secondary market sites have also been bombarded with new listings.

How much is my Queen Elizabeth II coin worth?

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Two eBay sold listings for 2022 UK Platinum Jubilee coins. Source: eBay.co.uk

Both the Platinum Jubilee 50p and £5 coins have been fetching well over their original retail prices.

Despite still being available at the The Royal Mint for £10 (+p&p), the 2022 UK Platinum Jubilee £5 coin recently sold for £40 on eBay.co.uk.

There’s no doubt demand for collectables celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s remarkable 70 year reign will continue to surge as the nation welcomes a new monarch – his majesty King Charles III.

Whether you want to hold onto your Queen Elizabeth II coins, or look to sell them, there has never been a more prominent time to check your collections.

Which Queen Elizabeth II coins do you have in your collection? Will you hold onto them? Let us know in the comments below.


Queen Elizabeth II In Memoriam Range

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Browse the Queen Elizabeth II In Memoriam Range here >>