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'''Galleon''' or '''Gold-Galleon''' (<big>ʛ</big>)<ref>''[[Pottermore]]''</ref> is the most valued coin of the [[wizarding currency]]. One Galleon is equal to 17 [[Sickle]]s or 493 [[Knut]]s. Galleons are made of [[gold]].
 
'''Galleon''' or '''Gold-Galleon''' (<big>ʛ</big>)<ref>''[[Pottermore]]''</ref> is the most valued coin of the [[wizarding currency]]. One Galleon is equal to 17 [[Sickle]]s or 493 [[Knut]]s. Galleons are made of [[gold]].
   
In the late [[20th century]], the Galleon was also equivalent to £4.97 GBP{{fact}}, or $10.17 USD{{fact}}.
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In the late [[20th century]], the Galleon was also equivalent to £4.97 GBP, or $10.17 USD.
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
 
===Early history===
 
===Early history===
By the mid-[[13th century|thirteenth century]], Galleons were already in circulation in wizarding [[Great Britain|Britain]].<ref name="QTA4">"According to Madam Rabnott, Bragge brought a caged Snidget to the match and told the assembled players that he would award one hundred and fifty Galleons{Equivalent to over a million Galleons today. Whether Chief Bragge intended to pay or not is a moot point.} to the player who caught it during the course of the game. –''[[Quidditch Through the Ages (real)|Quidditch Through the Ages]]'', Chapter 4 (''The Arrival of the Golden Snitch'')</ref>
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By the mid-[[13th century|thirteenth century]], Galleons were already in circulation in wizarding [[Great Britain|Britain]].<ref name="QTA4">"According to Madam Rabnott, Bragge brought a caged Snidget to the match and told the assembled players that he would award one hundred and fifty Galleons (equivalent to over a million Galleons today) to the player who caught it during the course of the game. –''[[Quidditch Through the Ages (real)|Quidditch Through the Ages]]'', Chapter 4 (''The Arrival of the Golden Snitch'')</ref>
   
In the [[1260s]], the Galleon had much more value than today: one Galleon at the time was equivalent to more than six-thousand six-hundred seventy-seven Galleons today.<ref name="QTA4"/>
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In the [[1260s]], the Galleon had much more value than today: one Galleon at the time was equivalent to more than 6677 Galleons today.<ref name="QTA4"/>
   
 
===Recent history===
 
===Recent history===
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===Fake Galleons===
 
===Fake Galleons===
Galleons made of [[Leprechaun gold]] were common at [[Quidditch]] games where [[Leprechaun]]s are the mascots for the Irish team. These Galleons are occasionally in temporary circulation (they vanish a few hours after appearing), but [[goblin]] experts at [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts]] can differentiate them from real ones.
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Galleons made of [[Leprechaun gold]] were common at [[Quidditch]] games where [[Leprechaun]]s are the mascots for the Irish team. These Galleons are 
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occasionally in temporary circulation (they vanish a few hours after appearing), but [[goblin]] experts at [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts]] can differentiate them from real ones.
   
 
[[Rubeus Hagrid]] used [[Leprechaun gold]] fake Galleons at a [[1995]] [[Care of Magical Creatures]] class, while teaching students about [[Niffler]]s' ability to hunt for shiny objects like coins.
 
[[Rubeus Hagrid]] used [[Leprechaun gold]] fake Galleons at a [[1995]] [[Care of Magical Creatures]] class, while teaching students about [[Niffler]]s' ability to hunt for shiny objects like coins.
   
[[Hermione Granger]] fabricated fake Galleons for members of [[Dumbledore's Army]] as a means of conveying clandestine communication about the time of future meetings.
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[[Hermione Granger]] fabricated [[Dumbledore's Army coin|fake Galleons]] for members of [[Dumbledore's Army]] as a means of conveying clandestine communication about the time of future meetings.
   
[[Ludovic Bagman|Ludo Bagman]] used [[Leprechaun]] gold to pay [[Fred and George Weasley]] after their bet resulting in them blackmailing Ludo with no luck.
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[[Ludovic Bagman|Ludo Bagman]] used [[Leprechaun]] gold to pay [[Fred and George Weasley]] after their bet resulting in them blackmailing Ludo with no luck. Bagman also paid [[Ludovic Bagman's goblin creditors|several goblins]] with the same type of gold, but they caught on and made him suffer dearly.
   
[[Ronald Weasley]] paid [[Harry Potter]] back for a pair of [[omnioculars]] with [[Leprechaun gold]], without realising that it wasn't real.
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[[Ronald Weasley]] paid [[Harry Potter]] back for a pair of [[omnioculars]] with [[Leprechaun gold]], without realising that it wasn't real.
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==Behind the scenes==
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*The [http://harrypotter.scholastic.com/glossary/ glossary] on the [[Scholastic]] official site incorrectly states that there is no exchange rate from the Galleon into Muggle currency, despite an exchange rate being mentioned several times, and the fact that Muggle money can be exchanged for wizard currency being established in the books.
   
 
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Galleon1
Galleon
Object information
Usage

Wizarding currency

Owners

Most of Wizardkind

Galleon or Gold-Galleon (ʛ)[1] is the most valued coin of the wizarding currency. One Galleon is equal to 17 Sickles or 493 Knuts. Galleons are made of gold.

In the late 20th century, the Galleon was also equivalent to £4.97 GBP, or $10.17 USD.

HistoryEdit

Early historyEdit

By the mid-thirteenth century, Galleons were already in circulation in wizarding Britain.[2]

In the 1260s, the Galleon had much more value than today: one Galleon at the time was equivalent to more than 6677 Galleons today.[2]

Recent historyEdit

By the 20th century, the Galleon valued much less than it did in the thirteenth century.[2] In 2001, one Galleon was equivalent to five Muggle pounds ($7.34[3]).[4]

Fake GalleonsEdit

Galleons made of Leprechaun gold were common at Quidditch games where Leprechauns are the mascots for the Irish team. These Galleons are  occasionally in temporary circulation (they vanish a few hours after appearing), but goblin experts at Gringotts can differentiate them from real ones.

Rubeus Hagrid used Leprechaun gold fake Galleons at a 1995 Care of Magical Creatures class, while teaching students about Nifflers' ability to hunt for shiny objects like coins.

Hermione Granger fabricated fake Galleons for members of Dumbledore's Army as a means of conveying clandestine communication about the time of future meetings.

Ludo Bagman used Leprechaun gold to pay Fred and George Weasley after their bet resulting in them blackmailing Ludo with no luck. Bagman also paid several goblins with the same type of gold, but they caught on and made him suffer dearly.

Ronald Weasley paid Harry Potter back for a pair of omnioculars with Leprechaun gold, without realising that it wasn't real.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • The glossary on the Scholastic official site incorrectly states that there is no exchange rate from the Galleon into Muggle currency, despite an exchange rate being mentioned several times, and the fact that Muggle money can be exchanged for wizard currency being established in the books.

AppearancesEdit

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Pottermore
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "According to Madam Rabnott, Bragge brought a caged Snidget to the match and told the assembled players that he would award one hundred and fifty Galleons (equivalent to over a million Galleons today) to the player who caught it during the course of the game. –Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 4 (The Arrival of the Golden Snitch)
  3. http://www.xe.com/currencytables/?from=GBP&date=2001-03-12
  4. "About five pounds, though the exchange rate varies!" –J. K. Rowling on the value of a Galleon WEB LINK Comic Relief Live Chat, March 12, 2001

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