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

Around the edge of each Galleon is a series of numerals representing a serial number referring to the goblin that cast the coin.[2]


Early history

By the mid-thirteenth century, Galleons were already in circulation in wizarding Britain.[3]

In the 1260s, the Galleon had much more value than today: one Galleon at the time was equivalent to more than 6677ʛ today.[3]

Recent history

A Galleon Heads (right) and Tails (left)

By the 20th century, the Galleon was worth far less than in the thirteenth century.[3] In 2001, one Galleon was equivalent to five Muggle pounds ($7.34[4]).[5]

Fake Galleons

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.

Exchange rates

1 Galleon
UK Pound 4.93
US Dollar 6.64
Euro 5.58
Chinese Yuan 42.30
Australian Dollar 8.72
Russian Ruble 390.86
Romanian Leu 26.17
Bulgarian Lev 11.33
Ukrainian Hryvnia 190.18
Japanese Yen 744.24
Canadian Dollar 8.43
Swiss Franc 6.48
Indonesian Rupiah 82010.08
Indian Rupee 428.61
Israeli New Sheqels 21.70
Brazilian Real 21.64
Mexican Peso 126.71
New Zealand Dollar 8.76
Swedish Krona 55.52
Argentine Peso 114.39
Danish Krone 41.55
Polish Złoty 19.72
Hong Kong Dollar 51.88
Vietnam Dong 152,973

Behind the scenes

  • 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.


NB: currency units are not capitalised in Greek, Icelandic, Norwegian, Romanian or Spanish.

  • Albanian: Galeone
  • Bulgarian: галеони (galeoni)
  • Catalan: galeó (pl. galeons)
  • Chinese (Simplified): 加隆
  • Chinese (Traditional): 加隆
  • Croatian: Galeon (plural Galeoni)
  • Czech: Galleony
  • Danish: Galleoner
  • Dutch: Galjoenen
  • Estonian: Galeoonid
  • Faroese: Gallónir
  • Finnish: Kaljuunat
  • French: Gallions
  • German: Galleonen
  • Greek, Modern: γαλέρες
  • Hebrew: אוניות
  • Hungarian: galleonok
  • Icelandic: galleonur
  • Irish: Gaileoin
  • Italian: galeoni
  • Japanese: ガリオン (Garion)
  • Latin: Gelleones
  • Latvian: Galeoni
  • Lithuanian: Galeonai
  • Low Saxon: Galleon (plural Galleonen)
  • Norwegian: galleoner
  • Polish: galeony (singular: galeon)
  • Portuguese: galeões (singular: galeão)
  • Romanian: galioni (literal)
  • Russian: галлеоны
  • Serbian: галеони (galeoni)
  • Slovak: galeóny
  • Slovenian: guldi
  • Spanish: galeón (pl. galeones)
  • Swedish: Galleoner
  • Ukrainian: ґалеон (galeon)
  • Welsh: Galiwn, plural Galiynau


See also

Notes and references

  1. Pottermore
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 22 (The Lion and the Serpent)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 4 (The Arrival of the Golden Snitch) - "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."
  4. http://www.xe.com/currencytables/?from=GBP&date=2001-03-12
  5. "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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