Queen is first British rock group to get a commemorative coin in the UK

Queen is first British rock group to get a commemorative coin in the UK

The Queen coin is the first release in The Royal Mint's upcoming "Music Legends" series.

Members Brian May, Roger Taylor, Freddie Mercury and John Deacon of band Queen pose
Members Brian May, Roger Taylor, Freddie Mercury and John Deacon of band Queen pose in this undated picture obtained by Reuters on Jan 17, 2020. Courtesy of Queen Productions LTD/via REUTERS

Britain's Royal Mint has issued its first commemorative coin featuring a British rock group, in a tribute to the late Freddie Mercury and the three other band members of Queen.

"This is a 'who would've thought it' moment. Here we have a coin of the realm, a five-pound coin in fact, made by The Royal Mint, in the customary fashion," said Queen lead guitarist Brian May in a video clip, holding a one ounce silver proof coin.

Guitarist Brian May of band Queen poses with a 5-pound coin
Guitarist Brian May of band Queen poses with a 5-pound in this undated picture obtained by Reuters on January 17, 2020. Courtesy of Queen Productions LTD/via REUTERS

"On one side we have The Queen (Elizabeth), on the other side we have Queen. This never happened before," he said.

All British coins and banknotes bear the head of the monarch.

The coin, released on Monday (Jan 20), features the band's logo and instruments played by the Queen members: the Bechstein grand piano played by Freddie Mercury for Bohemian Rhapsody, May's "Red Special" guitar, Roger Taylor's Ludwig bass drum with an early-day Queen crest and John Deacon's Fender Precision Bass.

Drummer Roger Taylor of band Queen poses with a 5-pound coin
Drummer Roger Taylor of band Queen poses with a 5-pound in this undated picture obtained by Reuters on January 17, 2020. Courtesy of Queen Productions LTD/via REUTERS

The coin's designer Chris Facey also paid tribute to Bohemian Rhapsody, the band's most celebrated hit, with the keys of the piano on the coin pressed down for the opening notes of the song, The Royal Mint said in a press release.

The commemorative coin is available in gold and silver proof, with prices varying from £13 (S$22.80) for a £5 Brilliant uncirculated coin cover to £2,100 for the one ounce gold proof coin.

The Queen coin is the first release in The Royal Mint's upcoming "Music Legends" series.

(Source: Reuters)

Source: Reuters/sr

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