The Royal Mint have released a commemorative coin honouring rock legends Queen.
It’s the first time that a British band has been recognised on UK currency, with the range designed by Chris Facey featuring Freddie Mercury’s mic and Bechstein grand piano, Brian May’s ‘Red Special’ guitar, John Deacon’s Fender Precision bass and Roger Taylor’s Ludwig bass drum.
The coin is available in a variety of versions with the £5 Brilliant Uncirculated coin presented in four different slipcases covers representing Queen, their live work and the albums Hot Space and A Kind Of Magic.
In addition there’s a half ounce silver proof coin, a one ounce silver proof coin, a quarter-ounce gold proof coin, and a one ounce gold proof coin.
All are available to purchase through the Royal Mint’s website, with prices ranging from £13 for the Brilliant Uncirculated coin up to £2020 for the gold proof coin.
May says: “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 adds: “Marvellous, all this fuss over our band. I feel entirely spent.”
Designer Facey says his first memory of hearing Queen was Bohemian Rhapsody in the famous car scene from 1992 Mike Myers film Wayne’s World, and he’s been a fan ever since.
He adds: “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 Royal Mint’s chief commercial officer Nicola Howell says: “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.”
Queen and Adam Lambert will play at the Fire Fight Australia benefit concert Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on February 16 to raise funds for the national bushfire relief efforts.
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- Queen - Greatest Hits - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.75, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 16-Jul-2020 15:32)on July 16, 2020 at 5:10 pm
QUEEN Greatest Hits (1981 UK 17-track vinyl compilation LP including classics such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Killer Queen, We Will Rock You & many more. The glossy non-barcoded picture sleeve has a little shelfwear scuffing to the edges but comeswith the illustrated credits inner and the vinyl remains in excellent condition with just the odd light sign of play EMTV30)
- Queen - It's A Hard Life - 4 Prong - UK - 7" vinyl - £8.00, $10.00, €8.96 (New Item) (arrived 16-Jul-2020 10:46)on July 16, 2020 at 5:10 pm
QUEEN It's A Hard Life (1984 UK 7" vinyl single with intact four prong centre, also including Is This The World We Created?, housed in a glossy card picture sleeve. The sleeve shows light ring wear and the vinyl displays the odd light surfacescuff but shows few signs of play QUEEN3)
- Queen - Jazz - Club Edition - US - vinyl LP - £20.00, $25.00, €22.40 (New Item) (arrived 14-Jul-2020 16:32)on July 16, 2020 at 5:10 pm
QUEEN Jazz (1978 US RCA Music Service Club Edition 13-track LP, housed in an embossed gatefold picture sleeve with 'Mfd. by RCA Music Service under License' print on the back along with a unique 'R-133993' catalogue number on the sleeve & label.The sleeve is Excellent with minimal age wear [split to bottom of picture inner] & the vinyl remains in Excellent condition with barely any play 6E-170)
- Queen - Who Wants To Live Forever - UK - 7" vinyl - £12.00, $15.00, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 14-Jul-2020 14:49)on July 16, 2020 at 5:10 pm
QUEEN Who Wants To Live Forever (1986 UK injection moulded 7" vinyl single, also including Killer Queen, 'Highlander' glossy card picture sleeve. The sleeve displays minimal wear and the vinyl looks barely played QUEEN9)
- Queen - Killer Queen - Spun Gold Series - US - 7" vinyl - £12.00, $15.00, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 14-Jul-2020 14:39)on July 16, 2020 at 5:10 pm
QUEEN Killer Queen (1983 US Elektra 'Spun Gold' wide-centred 7" vinyl single, also including Liar, Elektra company series die-cut paper sleeve E-45080)