The Who honoured with coin range from The Royal Mint

From Planet Rock.

The Who are the latest big name music act to be honoured with a commemorative coin range from The Royal Mint.

Available to order from today (24th May), the coins feature images instantly synonymous with The Who including a Union Jack flag, Mod logo and speaker-smashing Rickenbacker guitar.

Additionally, the symbols on the coin forms a pinball table, a nod to The Who’s timeless 1969 single ‘Pinball Wizard’ from their rock opera ‘Tommy.’

Utilizing the latest innovative technology and manufacturing techniques, some coins feature the red, white and blue of The Who’s emblem and a number of coins will feature a special ‘shockwave’ effect, radiating from the speaker – elevating the detail of the coin.

The Who collectable coin is the fourth in The Royal Mint’s ‘Music Legends’ series, and follows coins in honour of Queen, Elton John and David Bowie.

There are a variety of coins available, and they range in price from £13.00 for ‘The Who 2021 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin’ right up to a whopping £68,380 for ‘The Who 2021 UK Kilo Gold Proof Coin’ that has a £1,000 denomination.

© The Royal Mint / Bravado – Roger Daltrey proudly clutches one of The Who’s coins

Vocalist Roger Daltrey visited The Royal Mint to strike one of the first coins and give The Who’s blessing to the design.

He comments: “It’s an honour to have a coin produced to celebrate The Who’s musical legacy. The coin’s design captures the true essence of the band and what we represent. It was a fantastic moment being able to strike one of the very first pieces in the collection and see the range of technologies and processes involved in the making of the coin.”

Guitarist Pete Townshend adds: “I am delighted that the band’s work is being recognized by this fantastic range of coins from The Royal Mint.”

Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint, adds: “The Who are an iconic British band with an incredible musical legacy, so it felt right to honour them with an official UK coin.

“The Who coin is the latest in our show stopping Music Legends series, which celebrates legendary British artists through original new designs. It was a privilege to have Roger Daltrey visit the Mint to strike one of the first coins and meet the team of makers that have created this wonderful design.

“Our Music Legends series is engaging new generations of coin collectors, and we hope this design will become a cherished part of fan’s memorabilia.”

You can order the coins right here.

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1 Comment

  1. That’s quite incorrect Cartwright. The Union Jack is naval term for the seafaring flag only and I don’t think The Who have much to do with that. What you refer to is simply known as the Union flag.

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