New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
The Royal Mint has announced the iconic band, Queen, will be celebrated with the launch of a commemorative coin collection, making it the first time that a British band has been celebrated on UK coinage. Available from today, the design is the first in The Royal Mint's new 'Music Legends' collection.
Known for pushing the boundaries with their own unique style and continually reinventing their approach to music, Queen's layered sound and flamboyant anthems continue to influence a new generation of musicians' decades after they were formed.
Perhaps the most striking example of the band's determination to be bold was their decision to release a six-minute quasi-operatic single, Bohemian Rhapsody, in 1975. Before the release of the song, the label was determined to cut the length of the single significantly. However, the foursome refused and the risk paid off, with the single spending nine consecutive weeks at the top of the charts. In 2002, 27 years later, the single was voted as Britain's favourite song of all time. The opening notes of Bohemian Rhapsody are so well recognised, that The Royal Mint's coin designer, Chris Facey, decided it was a fitting tribute to showcase these by featuring the keys on the piano pressed down.
The coin commemorates all four members of Queen, in recognition of their contributions to the band's success. This is done through the portrayal of each member's instrument, with the Bechstein™ grand piano - which Freddie Mercury
played for Bohemian Rhapsody - featuring at the top of the coin. Meanwhile, the group's logo is placed at the centre of the design and is underscored by the singer's signature mic stick.
Brian May's 'Red Special' guitar - which he still plays using an old sixpence to give his unique sound - also features alongside John Deacon's Fender Precision Bass™. Finally, Roger
Taylor's Ludwig™ bass drum is decorated with the Queen
crest, as it appeared in the band's early days.
Brian May from Queen
said: "This is a big 'Who could have imagined it?' moment for us. When we began as Queen, even the first rung of the ladder to recognition seemed remote and unreachable. To have our band recognised and our music celebrated in this way is very touching - a real honour."
Taylor from Queen
said: "Marvellous, all this fuss over our band. I feel entirely spent."
Nicola Howell, Chief Commercial Officer at The Royal Mint, commented: "Queen were one of the most influential bands of their generation, and their timeless classics are still enjoyed by millions of fans around the world. That's why we're so pleased to be honouring their great contribution to British music with their very own coin, which will be the first time a British band has been celebrated on UK coinage. British music is one of our greatest contributions to culture around the world, and its musicians like Queen
who are at the forefront of this. We're looking forward to announcing other coins in our new 'Music Legends' collection later this year, marking the work of other exceptional British musicians."
Chris Facey, designer of the Queen
coin, added: "My first memory of Queen
was hearing Bohemian Rhapsody in the film Wayne's World, and I've been a big fan ever since. It's therefore such an honour to be asked to commemorate such an extraordinary band on a UK coin, and even more exciting as it's the first coin I've designed. All four members of Queen
were vital for their bravery in the music they created and the boundaries they pushed, and I hope that fans will enjoy seeing each of their contributions paid tribute to on this coin."
The collaboration was brought together and facilitated by, Bravado, Universal Music
Group's leading merchandise and brand management company. The first in an exciting new series celebrating innovation and success of British music, the commemorative coins will be available in Gold proof, Silver
proof, and Brilliant Uncirculated and will be available to purchase from www.royalmint.com.
Prices range from £13 for the Brilliant Uncirculated coin up to £2,100 for the Gold proof coin. The Brilliant Uncirculated coin will also be available in limited numbers in three exclusive packs which includes a poster and will only be available to purchase from The Royal Mint.
£5 Brilliant uncirculated coin cover one - £13
£5 Brilliant uncirculated coin cover two - £15
£5 Brilliant uncirculated coin cover three - £15
£5 Brilliant uncirculated coin cover four - £15
Half Ounce Silver
Proof Coin - £60
One Ounce Silver
Proof Coin - £90
Quarter-Ounce Gold Proof Coin - £510
One Ounce Gold Proof Coin - £2,020
For further information please visit www.royalmint.com
2020 UK Gold Proof Commemorative Coin Specifications
2020 UK Silver
Proof Commemorative Coin Specifications
2020 UK Brilliant Uncirculated Commemorative Coin Specifications
2020 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin - COVER 1
2020 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin - COVER 2
2020 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin - COVER 3
2020 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin - COVER 4
Limited Edition Presentation
The Royal Mint retains copyright ownership © of all images. These may only be used for editorial purposes and cannot be sold or used for other marketing purposes without the permission of The Royal Mint.
About The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint has an unbroken history of minting British coinage dating back over 1,100 years. Based in the Tower of London for over 500 years, by 1812 The Royal Mint had moved out of the Tower to premises on London's Tower Hill. In 1967 the building of a new Royal Mint began on its current site in South Wales, UK, to accommodate the minting of UK decimal coinage.
Today, The Royal Mint is the world's largest export mint, supplying coins to the UK and overseas countries. The Royal Mint has also diversified into a number of other complementary businesses, building on the values that have been at the heart of the organisation throughout its history - authenticity, security, precious metals, craftsmanship and design:
Throughout history The Royal Mint's name has been synonymous with precious metals and bullion. The organisation trades physical and digital precious metal worldwide via www.royalmintbullion.com and a global network of distributor partners.
Consumer coin division
The organisation runs a thriving commemorative coin business, gifting, and a collector services division retailing historic coins, an authentication and valuation service and secure storage.
The Royal Mint Experience
The Royal Mint entered the tourism business in 2016 when it opened its popular visitor centre, The Royal Mint Experience, at its home in Llantrisant, South Wales. The attraction welcomes around 100,000 visitors a year.
Bravado is the leading global provider of consumer, lifestyle and branding services to recording artists and entertainment brands around the world. Part of Universal Music
Group, the leader in music-based entertainment, Bravado represents artists in more than 40 countries and provides services including sales, licensing, branding, marketing and e-commerce. Their extensive global distribution network gives artists and brands the opportunity to create deeper connections with their fans through apparel, consumer packaged goods and unique experiences.