From Planet Rock.
Late music legend David Bowie is being celebrated with a commemorative coin range from The Royal Mint.
Following the launch of Queen coins and Elton John coins in January and July, David Bowie’s posthumous commemorative coins are the third in The Royal Mint’s ‘Music Legends’ series.
The visually striking coins feature an image of David Bowie from the late 1970s when he was working on his trilogy of experimental albums in Berlin – Low (1977), “Heroes” (1977) and Lodger (1979). Alongside this, the design also includes the lightning bolt motif from 1973 album ‘Aladdin Sane’.
Utilising ground-breaking technology and manufacturing techniques, the lightning bolt on a number of the special edition coins appears laced with stardust to create a glitter effect.
To mark the launch, a David Bowie coin has been sent into space. The coin was sent 35,656 metres high and orbited the Earth’s atmosphere for 45 minutes before safely descending back to Britain. It was the first time ever a UK coin was sent into space.
David Bowie coins from The Royal Mint:
David Bowie 2020 UK Quarter-Ounce Gold Proof Coin
David Bowie 2020 UK One Ounce Silver Proof Coin
David Bowie 2020 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin – Edition
Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint, says: “We are thrilled to unveil the third coin in The Royal Mint’s ‘Music Legends’ series, honouring the intergalactic legacy and career of David Bowie.
“In recognition of Bowie’s first hit single ‘Space Oddity’, we felt it was fitting to send his coin into space and celebrate the Starman in his own pioneering fashion. David Bowie’s music has inspired and influenced generations of musicians and we hope this commemorative coin will be cherished by fans around the world.”
There are three ranges of David Bowie coins – Gold Proof Commemorative Coins, Silver Proof Commemorative Coins and Uncirculated Commemorative Coins.
They range in price from £13 for the David Bowie 2020 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin right up to a massive £72,195.00 for the David Bowie 2020 UK Kilo Gold Proof Coin.
There’s also a chance to win the historic coin that was propelled into space via The Royal Mint’s Facebook page.
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- David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mar - Canadian - vinyl LP - £25.00, $34.25, €29.00 (New Item) (arrived 20-Sep-2021 16:33)on September 22, 2021 at 10:11 am
DAVID BOWIE The Rise & Fall Of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars (70s Canadian issue of the 1972 11-track LP on the orange RCA label, housed in the UK printed glossy picture sleeve with illustrated lyric inner. The sleeve shows minimal wear& the vinyl reveals few signs of play SF-8287)
- David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes - P/S B + Stamps - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $20.55, €17.40 (New Item) (arrived 12-Sep-2021 14:54)on September 22, 2021 at 10:11 am
DAVID BOWIE Ashes To Ashes (Limited Edition 1979 UK 7" single, also featuring the b-side 'Move On', complete with intact sheet of nine full colour 'stamps' & picture sleeve displaying David looking down & holding a shoe chest high. The paper sleeve shows just a little ring wear & the vinyl is excellent with minimal play BOW6)
- David Bowie - Heroes - Spanish - 7" vinyl - Promo - £65.00, $89.05, €75.40 (New Item) (arrived 10-Sep-2021 12:39)on September 22, 2021 at 10:11 am
DAVID BOWIE Heroes (Rare 1977 Spanish promo wide-centred vinyl 7" for the single release, also including V-2 Schneider; custom black on white 'Promocional' labels, housed in a fully textured picture sleeve with a unique 'triple headshot' of David on the front with a black & white three album discography on the reverse. The sleeve displays some light general wear, a previous owner has written the release date on the back with a dot next to both titles and '18' next to the title track.The labels remain clean with no writing of paper loss, and the vinyl shows minimal signs of play. A really nice example and the first we have seen in twenty years!)
- David Bowie - Heroes - French - 7" vinyl - £45.00, $61.65, €52.20 (New Item) (arrived 10-Sep-2021 13:00)on September 22, 2021 at 10:11 am
DAVID BOWIE Heroes (1977 French wide centred injection moulded 7" vinyl single featuring the French version of the title track & V2 Schneider, picture sleeve with 'The Tricolore' flag coloured background with a blue, white and red roundelon the 'O' for Bowie. The sleeve displays light wear and the vinyl looks barely played. A really nice example PB9167)
- David Bowie - Heroes - French - 7" vinyl - £45.00, $61.65, €52.20 (New Item) (arrived 10-Sep-2021 13:04)on September 22, 2021 at 10:11 am
DAVID BOWIE Heroes (1977 French injection moulded wide-cented 7" vinyl single featuring the 'Version Anglaise' English version, also including V2 Schneider, unique head-shot picture sleeve with a Union 'Jack' flag background. The delicate paper sleeve dislays minimal wear, whilst the vinyl looks barely played. A really nice example PB1121)
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