Britain’s Royal Mint has announced that it will celebrate Elton John on a new commemorative coin, available from today as the latest addition to its Music Legends series.
The Royal Mint has been minting British coinage for more than 1100 years and is the world’s largest export mint, supplying coins to the UK and to countries overseas. The new coin, which honours the stellar, 50-year-plus career of one of the greatest of global superstars, has been designed by artist Bradley Morgan Johnson.
Johnson has used musical notes to create an image of glasses and a straw boater hat, inspired by one of Elton’s instantly recognisable images, with a Union Jack flag background. The coins are available to purchase in Gold proof, Silver proof and Brilliant Uncirculated editions. Prices range from £13 for the Brilliant Uncirculated coin up to £64,950 for a Kilo Gold proof coin.
The Royal Mint has developed advanced striking and tooling techniques for the high end, premium coins in the collection. To enhance the appearance, the design of each coin features a pulsating star pattern in the lenses of the glasses and a high relief finish on the hat, glasses and bow tie.
“Another humbling milestone”
“It really is a fabulous honour to be recognised in this way,” says Elton of the honour. “The last few years have contained some of the most memorable moments of my career, and this is another truly humbling milestone on my journey.”
Clare Maclennan, divisional director of commemorative coin and the Royal Mint Experience, commented: “Elton John is without a doubt a British music legend and is recognised as one of the most successful singer-songwriters of his generation. We are delighted to honour Elton’s significant contribution to British music on a UK coin. This is the second coin in The Royal Mint’s new Music Legends series, marking the work of our exceptional British musicians.”
The Royal Mint and Elton John are also working together on the creation of a special one-off collector’s piece, to be auctioned later this year. This unique coin will raise funds for the Elton John Charitable Trust, during a time in which the charity sector as a whole has been hit with a reduction in donations. The collaboration was brought together and facilitated by Universal Music Group’s merchandise and brand management company Bravado.
The Elton John Commemorative Coin Collection is as follows:
£5 Brilliant uncirculated coin cover Rocket Man – £13
£5 Brilliant uncirculated coin cover Dodgers Stadium – £15
£5 Brilliant uncirculated coin cover Illustration – £15
£5 Brilliant uncirculated coin cover The Very Best Of – £15
Half Ounce Silver Proof Coin- £60
One Ounce Silver Proof Coin – £90
Two Ounce Silver Proof Coin – £180
Five Ounce Silver Proof Coin – £485
Quarter-Ounce Gold Proof Coin – £555
One Ounce Gold Proof Coin – £2,195
Two-Ounce Gold Proof Coin – £4,310
Five-Ounce Gold Proof Coin – £10,695
Kilo Gold Proof Coin – £64,950