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 - A Night At The Opera - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £95.00, $131.10, €111.15 (New Item) (arrived 26-Jul-2021 10:17)on July 27, 2021 at 5:50 am
QUEEN A Night At The Opera (1975 UK first press 12-track vinyl LP, with picture labels & 'BLAIRS' scratched into the run-off area, their fourth studio album including the classic hit Bohemian Rhapsody. The original embossed gatefold picture sleeve comes with the picture inner with diagonal cut corners and shows just a little light age / storage wear and minor foxing on the inner gatefold, while the vinyl shows only the lightest signs of play. A nice example EMTC103)
- Queen - Live Killers - EX - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £35.00, $48.30, €40.95 (New Item) (arrived 18-Jul-2021 10:17)on July 27, 2021 at 5:50 am
QUEEN Live Killers (1979 UK 22-track double LP, featuring a brilliant collection of tracks recorded live during the European leg of Queen's 'Jazz' world tour between January & March 1979. The gatefold picture sleeve has some light wear from storage & comes complete with the green & red narrative inners, whilst the vinyl is clean & grades EX/EX- with only a few faint hairlines not affecting play EMSP330)
- Queen - Live Killers - barcoded p/s - EX - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £20.00, $27.60, €23.40 (New Item) (arrived 14-Jul-2021 12:22)on July 27, 2021 at 5:50 am
QUEEN Live Killers (Early 80s UK issue of the 1979 22-track double LP, featuring a brilliant collection of tracks recorded live during the European leg of Queen's 'Jazz' world tour between January & March 1979, housed in the second edition barcoded gatefold picture sleeve with red & green narrative inners. The sleeve shows some general wear & both vinyl discs show only light signs of play EMSP330)
- Queen - Killer Queen - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $20.70, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 14-Jul-2021 12:59)on July 27, 2021 at 5:50 am
QUEEN Killer Queen (Classic 1974 UK 7" vinyl single with intact four prong centre, also including Flick Of The Wrist, EMI company die-cut paper sleeve. The vinyl is Excellent with just the odd paper scuff to show play EMI2229)
- Queen - Spread Your Wings - UK - 7" vinyl - £8.00, $11.04, €9.36 (New Item) (arrived 14-Jul-2021 13:10)on July 27, 2021 at 5:50 am
QUEEN Spread Your Wings (1977 UK 7" single with 'crest' labels and intact four prong centre, also including Sheer Heart Attack, plain die-cut paper sleeve. Aside from a few very light paper scuffs, the vinyl is in excellent condition EMI2757)