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 - News Of The World - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.75, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 22-Jan-2021 15:00)on January 23, 2021 at 7:34 pm
QUEEN News Of The World (1977 UK 11-track LP with -1/-3 matrices, housed in a wide spined gatefold picture sleeve with no barcode. The sleeve is Excellent with a little edge scuffing & the vinyl remains in Excellent condition with few signs of play EMA784)
- Queen - Queen II - Japanese - CD album - £24.99, $31.24, €27.99 (New Item) (arrived 20-Jan-2021 15:41)on January 23, 2021 at 7:34 pm
QUEEN Queen II (1998 Japanese '25th Anniversary' series 11-track CD, the groups second studio album originally released in 1974, housed in mini-LP style gatefold wallet picture sleeve with fold-out lyric sheet and obi-strip TOCP-65102)
- Queen - Breakthru - EX - UK - shaped picture disc - £35.00, $43.75, €39.20 (New Item) (arrived 14-Jan-2021 11:13)on January 23, 2021 at 7:34 pm
QUEEN Breakthru (1989 UK limited edition 7" Shaped Picture Disc single featuring the 'heads' image from the Miracle album artwork, also including Stealin', clear PVC sleeve with back title insert. The insert displays some creases however the disc remains clean and looks barely played QUEENPD11)
- Queen - The Show Must Go On - Etched - UK - 12" vinyl - £50.00, $62.50, €56.00 (New Item) (arrived 18-Jan-2021 15:09)on January 23, 2021 at 7:34 pm
QUEEN The Show Must Go On (Rare 1991 UK limited edition 3-track one sided 12" vinyl single with the B-Side etched with facsimile autographs, also including Keep Yourself Alive & Queen Talks, gatefold picture sleeve which is die-cut inside to reveal the signatures on to the disc & UK singles discography 12QUEENSG19)
- Queen - Headlong + insert - UK - 12" picture disc - £50.00, $62.50, €56.00 (New Item) (arrived 18-Jan-2021 15:10)on January 23, 2021 at 7:34 pm
QUEEN Headlong (1991 UK limited edition 3-track 12" Picture Disc single with clear surround, also including All God's People and Mad The Swine; with the back picture insert within a clear PVC sleeve. This example remains in a 'near as new' condition 12QUEENPD18)