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 - Sheer Heart Attack - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $19.95, €17.85 (New Item) (arrived 26-Nov-2021 16:51)on November 26, 2021 at 11:02 pm
QUEEN Sheer Heart Attack (70s UK issue of the 1974 13-track LP, glossy picture sleeve with Trident logo on the back & round cornered lyric inner. The cover shows a little paper loss and light ringwear, but the vinyl appears near as new - a great play copy)
- Queen - A Night At The Opera - White Vinyl - French - vinyl LP - £150.00, $199.50, €178.50 (New Item) (arrived 17-Nov-2021 10:36)on November 26, 2021 at 11:02 pm
QUEEN A Night At The Opera (Limited Edition 1976 French Pathe Marconi/EMI label 12-track LP pressed exclusively on White Vinyl, housed in its gatefold lyric picture sleeve with the large 'Special Disque En Couleur' colour sticker attached. The cover has some light foxing otherwise light wear with no spilts or rips, the labels have little to no spindle marks whilst the vinyl appears barely played. Recommended DC10)
- Queen - Flash Gordon - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $19.95, €17.85 (New Item) (arrived 16-Nov-2021 14:47)on November 26, 2021 at 11:02 pm
QUEEN Flash Gordon (1980 UK 18-track vinyl LP featuring music from the ultra camp motion picture. The striking yellow picture sleeve comes with the die-cut credits inner which has a small seam split to one edge but the vinyl remains in excellent condition EMC3351)
- Queen - Friends Will Be Friends (Extended Version) - UK - 12" vinyl - £12.00, $15.96, €14.28 (New Item) (arrived 16-Nov-2021 15:00)on November 26, 2021 at 11:02 pm
QUEEN Friends Will Be Friends (1986 UK 3-track 12" single, featuring the Extended Version and 7" Version, also includes Seven Seas Of Rhye, superb glossy picture sleeve features a great photograph taken during the making of the video. The sleeve displays some general wear, especially to opening edge and the vinyl has some light cosmetic surface scuffs, overall an excellent example 12QUEEN8)
- Queen - Jazz - 1st + Poster - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £75.00, $99.75, €89.25 (New Item) (arrived 16-Nov-2021 15:06)on November 26, 2021 at 11:02 pm
QUEEN Jazz (1978 UK 13-track vinyl LP with 1U matrices, their seventh studio album including the singles Bicycle Race / Fat Bottomed Girls and Don't Stop Me Now. The embossed gatefold picture sleeve has general wear with scuffing to the spineand apart from just a very small detachment at the top of the perforated line, retains its attached 'nude bicycle race' fold-out poster insert plus the laminated card picture inner while the vinyl is graded EX-/Ex with just a few light scuffs to indicate play EMA788)