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Post-War Wizarding coinage


From the Diricawl History of Wizarding Britain, vol. 193, Retrenchment and Reform, 1998 – 2009:


… One visually notable evidence of the end of the secrecy regime and the return to Crown loyalties is found in the post-War coinage.


The new – or restored – constitutional settlement found its daily icons in the redesigned Galleon, Sickle, and Knut.  One subtle change, in the reverse of the Sickle, is worthy of note: the sickle itself has vanished, and the garb, the wheat sheaf of harvest home, replaces the image of the coin’s eponym.  No longer does an emblem that, however intended, evokes death’s scythe, appear upon on the Sickle coin; rather, ‘all is safely gathered in’.


More portentous and more striking however is the reappearance of the Sovereign upon the obverse of the coinage.  Associated though the royal image is with the iconography of the Wizarding world – the Owl, Rose, and Crown, the Gryphon of the Ministry arms – it is present nonetheless.  HM the Queen is shown, not crowned, but in hats that evoke, to Wizarding eyes, the solid virtues of such Witches as Augusta Longbottom.  Even so, there is no question but that the woman thus depicted on the obverse of the new coinage is the Queen of her loyal Wizarding subjects: Elizabeth RI (for the Wizarding world yet knows the sweep of Empire), Deo Gratia Domina Mag. Brit. et Imp., Fid. Def.


The earliest coinage of the new issuance is still somewhat crude: inevitably, as Gringotts then yet faced a substantial task in rebuilding its fabric after the ravages of war.  Yet even the earliest coins were sound and solid, pure and free of debasement.  Magi-numismatists enthused still more over the issuance of the long-discontinued Staple, the Muggle equivalent of which is the guinea: representing one and one-twelfth Galleons, its simplicity of design was æsthetically pleasing, and the fact of its issue, as symbolising the return of sound money, the revival of trade, the increasing availability of luxury goods, and the end of a deflationary period, was universally welcomed.


Fig. 1: the Galleon

An early new Galleon

Fig. 2: the Sickle

The new Sickle

Fig. 3: the Knut

The post-War Knut

Fig. 4: the Staple

The later Staple


A Ministerial commitment to resist decimalisation may be seen in the subsequent issue of the Mark, the winged lion of the Evangelist upon the reverse being one of the few designs to rival that of the Staple’s fleece in purity of taste….



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From: tree_and_leaf Date: February 17th, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like these, especially the Staple...
wemyss From: wemyss Date: February 18th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

You're very kind.

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