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Tiny bronze coins used in the Wizarding World.

  • The actual values of these coins are a bit complicated for Muggles to figure out in Muggle terms without a calculator, and rather difficult for wizards when dealing with Muggle money (GF7). It's easy for wizards dealing only with wizarding currency, however. Hagrid states: "The gold ones are Galleons. Seventeen silver Sickles to a Galleon and twenty-nine Knuts to a Sickle, it's easy enough." Therefore 1 Galleon = 17 Sickles = 493 Knuts.
  • Hagrid paid an owl 5 knuts for delivering his newspaper to Hut-on-Rock in 1991 (DH4). By 1998 the price had gone up to 7 knuts (DP1). However for some reason, in fifth year, 1995, Hermione only paid her delivery owl one knut each time it delivered the Daily Prophet (OP12, OP14).

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Etymology

From Old Norse knĂștr meaning "knot". Knut was a Danish prince who in the early 11th century became the ruler of Denmark, Norway and England.

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