The first book of the beloved series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone—published in the U.S. as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone—was released in 1997. In 2001, the first film of the series hit theaters worldwide. That same year, the Isle of Man issued a series of copper-nickel crowns featuring Harry Potter on the reverse. The first, KM-1087, shows the young wizard with his magic wand, casting a spell.--This remarkable set pairs the Potter crown with a coin some 2300 years older: a silver diobol from Teos, in the ancient Greek region of Ionia. This coin features the griffin that was the inspiration for the Hogworts House of Gryffindor.