Second coin of the worldwide...
This 2 Oz 999 Silver Antique Finish coin, the fourth of "Crystal Art" series, features the mysteries of Hogwarts, the Wizard School of Harry Potter, a fictional British school of magic for students aged eleven to eighteen. The coin is decorated with a real crystal glass insert. Low mintage, only 688 pcs worldwide!
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Availability date: 03/18/2016
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is a British wizarding boarding school teaching the magical arts, located in an unknown location in Scotland. The castle is in the mountains near a loch. The precise location of the school can never be uncovered because it has been rendered Unplottable. To muggles the school looks like an old abandoned castle. Similarly, most wizarding schools locations are protected in order to prevent their ways of teaching being revealed, as well as protect the students and schools themselves from any harm. Hogwarts is more-than-likely a fantasy world of its own.
Established around the 9th or 10th century, Hogwarts is considered to be one of the finest magical institutions in the wizarding world, though other notable schools include Beauxbatons Academy of Magic and the Durmstrang Institute. Children with magical abilities may be enrolled at birth, and acceptance is confirmed by owl post at age eleven. However, if the child in question is a Muggle-born, or a magical child born from non-magical folks, a professor from the school will come and inform the child's parents.
The school's motto is Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus, which, translated from Latin, means "Never tickle a sleeping dragon".
The reverse of the coin depicts the famous Hogwarts Castle, a huge, rambling, quite scary-looking castle, with a jumble of towers and battlements. A wonderful crystal insert makes this coin unique. On the bottom of the coin, the inscription: "Crystal Art" and on the top of the reverse, the inscription: "MYSTERIES OF HOGWARTS". The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. All around the inscriptions: "ELIZABETH II", "NIUE ISLAND" (issuer), "2 DOLLARS" (face value), "2015" (year of issue).