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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 - Space Oddity - Translucent - Japanese - 7" vinyl - £100.00, $136.00, €112.00 (New Item) (arrived 23-Feb-2021 08:55)on February 28, 2021 at 3:55 am
DAVID BOWIE Space Oddity (Rare 1973 Japanese 7" single pressed on Translucent Vinyl, visable when held to the light, also including It Ain't Easy, unique textured picture insert with Japanese text biographyand English lyrics printed on the reverse SS-2252)
- David Bowie - Lets Dance + Lyric Insert & Obi - Japanese - picture disc LP - £75.00, $102.00, €84.00 (New Item) (arrived 22-Feb-2021 11:28)on February 28, 2021 at 3:55 am
DAVID BOWIE Lets Dance (Rare 1983 Japanese limited edition 8-track Picture Disc LP, including China Girl & Modern Love, housed in a die-cut picture sleeve complete with lyric insert & obi-strip EYS-91069)
- David Bowie - Tonight - Price sticker - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $13.60, €11.20 (New Item) (arrived 17-Feb-2021 14:38)on February 28, 2021 at 3:55 am
DAVID BOWIE Tonight (1984 UK 9-track vinyl LP including the singles Blue Jean, Tonight [with Tina Turner] & Loving The Alien, glossy picture sleeve with original shop price sticker on the front plus lyric inner. The sleeve shows only minor edgewear and the vinyl looks barely played DB1)
- David Bowie - Scary Monsters - 1st - UK - vinyl LP - £50.00, $68.00, €56.00 (New Item) (arrived 17-Feb-2021 16:23)on February 28, 2021 at 3:55 am
DAVID BOWIE Scary Monsters (Original 1980 UK black label 10-track LP including the Bowie classics Ashes To Ashes & Fashion, nicely sprinkled with a liberal dose of Robert Fripp's futuristic guitar work, complete with fold-out lyric insert. The picture sleeve shows minimal wear & the vinyl is Near Mint with few signs of play. A nice one owner copy of this cutting edge Bowie favourite BOWLP2)
- David Bowie - Let's Dance - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $20.40, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 18-Feb-2021 11:47)on February 28, 2021 at 3:55 am
DAVID BOWIE Let's Dance (1983 UK 8-track vinyl LP produced by Chic's Nile Rodgers and featuring the guitar genius of a then unknown Stevie Ray Vaughan, glossy picture sleeve with illustrated lyric inner. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear and the vinyl remains in excellent condition with just a few signs of play AML3029)
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