This uncirculated coin has been pressed on a copper penny.
This Magnificent Mystical Magic (we just love those three M’s!!)1 Harry Potter Coin by designer, engraver and roller James Kilcoyne comes from a Private Roll located in Cadiz, Kentucky.
The main story arc concerns Harry’s quest to overcome the Dark wizard Lord Voldemort, who aims to become immortal, conquer the wizarding world, subjugate non-magical people, and destroy all those who stand in his way, especially Harry Potter.
The Galleon is the largest and most valuable coin in the British wizard currency. It is gold, round and larger than the other coins are.
Around the rim of the Galleon is inscribed at least one serial number, which identifies the goblin who was responsible for minting the coin. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Hermione enchants fake Galleons to show the time and date of the next Dumbledore’s Army meeting instead of the serial number.
As explained in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone there are 17 silver Sickles to a gold Galleon, and 29 bronze Knuts to a Sickle.
According to Pottermore, the wizards never changed their units of measurement (i.e. feet to metres, ounces to grams, pounds to kilograms, etc.) because they can do the calculations with magic, so strange number conversions don’t bother them.
In a 2001 interview J. K. Rowling said a Galleon was approximately five pounds (i.e. approximately US$ 7.50 or € 5.50), although “the exchange rate varies.”
|One Knut is||One Sickle is||One Galleon is|
|1 Knut||29 Knuts||493 Knuts|
|0.03448… Sickles||1 Sickle||17 Sickles|
|0.002028… Galleons||0.05882… Galleons||1 Galleon|
In the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, it is said that the £174 million raised for charity is equivalent to 34,000,872 Galleons, 14 Sickles, and 7 Knuts (the figure is truncated to “over thirty-four million Galleons” in Quidditch Through the Ages). This means that £5.12 = 1 galleon. However, the book’s cover price is £2.50 ($3.99 US), or “14 Sickles and 3 Knuts,” which implies either an exchange rate of £3.01 = 1 galleon or a 41% discount to Muggle purchasers.