England is home to many famous musicians and rock icons from Freddie Mercury to Paul McCartney to Van Morrison. Inspired by this rich cultural history, the Royal Mint unleashes a brand new series that spotlights bands and musical artists on official UK coins. This series is known as the Royal Mint Music Legends series, and the collection honors modern musicians who left a significant cultural legacy through music. This inspiring collection can make a great gift for any musician or coin collector, so be sure to stay tuned for upcoming releases!

ROCK AND ROLL—NOW ON ROYAL MINT COINS

The Royal Mint Music Legends coins are the first product the mint ever struck to celebrate musicians on coins. Beginning in 2020, the mint released four coins up through mid-2021, so far. Each release has a limited mintage with only 25,000 silver coins and 2,500 gold coins. Both issues have a high purity: the silver coins are .999 fine silver and the gold coins are .9999 fine gold. Music fans everywhere can enjoy this popular series, but only while supplies last! Be sure to grab these coins before the curtain falls for good on this limited series!

Opening this innovative collection was the unforgettable band Queen in March 2020. Although a tough act to follow, the mint then released the Elton John coins, followed by the David Bowie coins and The Who.

LATEST RELEASE: “Who Are You” on the Royal Mint Music Legends Coins

The Who graces the fourth release of the Royal Mint Music Legends series. This band formed in 1964 in London with Roger Daltry, Pete Townshend, and John Entwhistle. These three musicians created The Who out of the band known as The Detours, with other members joining on and off through the years. Together, they played professionally for corporate events and weddings in their rocky beginnings before becoming a worldwide success with the release of their song “My Generation” topped the UK’s charts. 

By that time, The Who was famous for their destructive performance art, destroying guitars and drums on stage after an accident with a low ceiling at the Railway Hotel in Wealdstone. Furthermore, their appearances at Woodstock and other music festivals drummed up even more support. This, plus their creation of the rock opera The Who’s Tommy established the English group as a British rock icon. Radios still play their memorable hits including “My Generation”, “Love Reign O’er Me”, and “Baba O’Riley” (commonly misnamed “Teenage Wasteland”). 

Their unique style heavily influenced the music scene of their time and beyond, inspiring others like Pink Flloyd. They are especially respected for pioneering the power chord and the windmill strum. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted the band in 1990, even though the band had not been particularly active since splitting in 1983. However, they are a part of music history forever, and keep their legacy going with reunion tours with the remaining living members: Roger Daltry (vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), Zak Starkey (drums), Pino Palladino (bass), and Pete’s brother Simon Townshend (second guitar).

2021 Great Britain 1 oz Gold Music Legends The Who Coin .9999 Fine BU

Music Legends The Who gold coin

Coin Specifications:

  • Fourth Release in the Royal Mint Music Legends series
  • Maximum mintage of 2,500
  • Struck from .9999 fine gold with a weight of 1 troy oz
  • Brilliant Uncirculated Condition
  • Struck by British Royal Mint
  • Face value of 100 British Pounds
  • Legal tender coin backed by the British Government
  • Individual coins come in a plastic capsule
  • Obverse: Displays the right-facing bust of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Inscriptions: “Elizabeth II”, “D.G. REG F.D” (Queen by the Grace of God), and also the denomination.
  • Reverse: Features The Who logo above a guitar fused with a pinball machine. The purity, weight, and also the year of mintage are repeatedly inscribed around the border.

 

2021 Great Britain 1 oz Silver Music Legends The Who Coin .999 Fine BU

Music Legends coin The Who silver

Coin Specifications:

  • Fourth Release in the Royal Mint Music Legends series
  • Maximum mintage of 25,000
  • Struck from .999 fine silver with a weight of 1 troy oz
  • Brilliant Uncirculated Condition
  • Struck by British Royal Mint
  • Face value of 2 British Pounds
  • Legal tender coin backed by the British Government
  • Individual coins come in a plastic capsule
  • Obverse: Displays the right-facing bust of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Inscriptions: “Elizabeth II”, “D.G. REG F.D” (Queen by the Grace of God), and also the denomination.
  • Reverse: Features The Who logo above a guitar fused with a pinball machine. The purity, weight, and also the year of mintage are repeatedly inscribed around the border.

First Release: Killer Queen Coins – A Rhapsody in Gold and Silver

Queen, one of the most famous rock bands of all time, created over thirty albums consisting of live shows, studios, soundtracks, and compilations. Their success is contrary to their humble beginnings as portrayed by nonfiction books and the Bohemian Rhapsody film. Last year, Queen was honored for the first time on gold and silver bullion coins.

Starting in 1970, Freddie Mercury was the frontman for the legendary lineup, including Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon. Despite Mercury’s declining health and eventual death from bronchopneumonia complicated by AIDs in 1991, Mercury urged his bandmates that “The Show Must Go On” in their final album, Innuendo. Queen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Today, this band continues rocking concert venues with Adam Lambert as the lead singer. 

The design for this coin was approved by the original members of Queen. If you look closely, you will see the Royal Mint Music Legends coin displays several keys seemingly pressed down. This actually is an homage to “Bohemian Rhapsody,” as these keys together play the opening to the song! 

2020 Great Britain 1 oz Gold Music Legends Queen Coin

Royal Mint Music Legends Queen coin Royal Mint Music Legends Queen coin

Coin Specifications:

  • Limited mintage of 2,500
  • The first coin of the Royal Mint Music Legends series
  • Struck from .9999 fine gold with a weight of 1 ozt
  • Brilliant Uncirculated Condition
  • Struck by British Royal Mint
  • Face value of 100 British Pounds
  • Legal tender coin backed by the British Government
  • Individual coins come in a plastic capsule
  • Obverse: Displays the right-facing bust of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Inscriptions: “Elizabeth II”, “D.G. REG F.D” (Queen by the Grace of God), and the denomination.
  • Reverse: Features the inscription “QUEEN” underlined with a microphone and surrounded by instruments including a piano, guitar, bass guitar, and drum. Purity, weight, and year inscriptions also border the coin in repeating text.

2020 Great Britain 1 oz Silver Music Legends Queen Coin

Royal Mint Music Legends silver queen coin

Coin Specifications:

  • Limited mintage of 25,000
  • The first coin of the Music Legends coin series
  • Struck from .999 fine silver with a weight of 1 oz
  • Brilliant Uncirculated Condition
  • Struck by British Royal Mint
  • Face value of 2 British Pounds
  • Legal tender coin backed by the British Government
  • Individual coins come in a plastic capsule
  • Obverse: Displays the right-facing bust of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Inscriptions: “Elizabeth II”, “D.G. REG F.D” (Queen by the Grace of God), and the denomination.
  • Reverse: Features the inscription “QUEEN” underlined with a microphone and surrounded by instruments including a piano, guitar, bass guitar, and drum. Purity, weight, and year inscriptions also border the coin in repeating text.

 

Second Release: Rocket Man Reaches New Frontier—Gold and Silver Coins

Sir Elton John is another musician from humble beginnings, starting his career in the 1960s. The Northwood Hills Hotel hired him at the age of fifteen as their pianist from Thursdays to Sundays. Known then under his birth name Reginald “Reggie” Kenneth Dwight, he played both covers of popular songs as well as his own original compositions. However, he formed his first band in 1962, Bluesology, and toured America with R&B artists. 

Eventually, he and the band separated, and he assumed the name Elton John as an homage to two members of the band. After he partnered with Bernie Taupin in 1967, they began to write music and lyrics together, a partnership that continues to this day. John did not get his big break until the release of “Your Song” in 1970. From then on, Elton John’s fame skyrocketed. 

Today, Sir Elton John is one of the biggest figures of the British music scene, a major LGBTQ+ icon, and a famed philanthropist. Queen Elizabeth II knighted him in 1998 for his charitable work in ending AIDs. His organization, the Elton John AIDs Foundation, was created in order to honor the loss of his friends. Specifically, this included the musician Freddie Mercury and Ryan White, a teenager who jointly suffered from haemophilia. This organization continues its work today in the fight against HIV and AIDs.

2021 Great Britain 1 oz Gold Music Legends Elton John Coin .9999 Fine BU

2021 Great Britain 1 oz Gold Music Legends Elton John Coin

Coin Specifications:

  • Second release in the Royal Mint Music Legends series
  • Struck from .9999 pure gold with a weight of 1 troy oz
  • Brilliant Uncirculated Condition
  • Struck by British Royal Mint
  • Face value of 100 British Pounds
  • Maximum mintage of 2,500
  • Legal tender coin backed by the British Government
  • Individual coins come in a plastic capsule
  • Obverse: Displays the right-facing bust of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Inscriptions: “Elizabeth II”, “D.G. REG F.D” (Queen by the Grace of God), and also the denomination.
  • Reverse: Features the inscription “ELTON JOHN” with the artist’s signature boater hat, bowtie, and glasses in the form of two connected sixteenth notes. The purity, weight, and year are also inscribed in a band around the illustration in repeating text. The designer’s initials additionally appear inscribed on the coin as “BMJ”.

 

2021 Great Britain 1 oz Silver Music Legends Elton John Coin .999 Fine BU

2021 Great Britain 1 oz Silver Music Legends Elton John CoinRoyal Mint Music Legends Elton John silver coin

 

Coin Specifications:

  • Second release in the Music Legends coin series
  • Struck from .999 fine silver with a weight of 1 troy oz
  • Brilliant Uncirculated Condition
  • Struck by British Royal Mint
  • Face value of 2 British Pounds
  • Maximum mintage of 25,000
  • Legal tender coin backed by the British Government
  • Individual coins come in a plastic capsule
  • Obverse: Displays the right-facing bust of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Inscriptions: “Elizabeth II”, “D.G. REG F.D” (Queen by the Grace of God), and also the denomination.
  • Reverse: Features the inscription “ELTON JOHN” with the artist’s signature boater hat, bowtie, and glasses in the form of two connected sixteenth notes. The purity, weight, and year are also inscribed in a band around the illustration in repeating text. The designer’s initials additionally appear inscribed on the coin as “BMJ”.

Third Release: Modern Love for David Bowie on Gold and Silver

David Bowie, born David Robert Jones, is honored on the third release of the Royal Mint Music Legends series. This artist is one of the best-selling music artists of all time and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. He began his music career as a child, studying art, music, and design. Many found his work, be it dance or music, impressive long before he was an adult. 

After he became an adult and daringly embarked on his career, he took on the name David Bowie after the 19th-century American pioneer James Bowie. His song “Space Oddity” landed him among the top-five US Singles Chart. From then on, he completed various successful projects from music to films, such as the cult-classic film Labyrinth. He also is a major LGBTQ+ icon, supplemented by his androgynous stage persona from 1972-1973 known as Ziggy Stardust.

Bowie is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century for his skill of blending genres before it became a popular practice. He collaborated with many well-known artists including Queen, Iggy Pop, and more during his lifetime. Unfortunately, Bowie passed away in 2016, leaving behind his legacy with famous songs including “Modern Love,” “Under Pressure” with Queen, “Just Dance,” and many others.

2021 Great Britain 1 Oz Gold Music Legends David Bowie Coin .9999 Fine BU

Royal Mint Music Legends David Bowie coin gold

Coin Specifications:

  • Third Release in the Royal Mint Music Legends series
  • Maximum mintage of 2,500
  • Struck from .9999 pure gold with a weight of 1 troy oz
  • Brilliant Uncirculated Condition
  • Struck by British Royal Mint
  • Face value of 100 British Pounds
  • Legal tender coin backed by the British Government
  • Individual coins come in a plastic capsule
  • Obverse: Displays the right-facing bust of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Inscriptions: “Elizabeth II”, “D.G. REG F.D” (Queen by the Grace of God), and the denomination.
  • Reverse: Features a portrait of David Bowie, looking to the coin’s right, over a lightning bolt background and stars. The inscription “BOWIE” appears below his portrait on the right side of the coin. The purity, weight, and year are also inscribed in a band around the illustration in repeating text. The designer’s initials are additionally positioned next to his right arm.

2021 Great Britain 1 oz Silver Music Legends David Bowie Coin .999 Fine BU

Royal Mint Music Legends Bowie coin silver

Coin Specifications:

  • Third Release in the Music Legends coin series
  • Maximum mintage of 25,000
  • Struck from .999 fine silver with a weight of 1 troy oz
  • Brilliant Uncirculated Condition
  • Struck by British Royal Mint
  • Face value of 2 British Pounds
  • Legal tender coin backed by the British Government
  • Individual coins come in a plastic capsule
  • Obverse: Displays the right-facing bust of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Inscriptions: “Elizabeth II”, “D.G. REG F.D” (Queen by the Grace of God), and the denomination.
  • Reverse: Features a portrait of David Bowie, looking to the coin’s right, over a lightning bolt background and stars. The inscription “BOWIE” appears below his portrait on the right side of the coin. The purity, weight, and year are also inscribed in a band around the illustration in repeating text. The designer’s initials are additionally positioned next to his right arm.

 

THE BRITISH ROYAL MINT MUSIC LEGENDS SERIES

Today’s British Royal Mint has been doing business in South Wales since 1968. This respected mint has a centuries-long history of striking Gold Sovereigns through the reach of its former empire, including Australia and India. More recently, their silver and gold Queen’s Beasts series to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II reached widespread fame on top of their annual silver and gold Britannia coins. Now, the Royal Mint Music Legends series is an additional feather in their cap, adding to their trove of imaginative and magnificent gold and silver bullion coins.

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