The Who will be celebrated by the UK’s Royal Mint with a new commemorative coin. Featuring symbols from the band’s live performances―including a union flag, the Mod logo, and a speaker-smashing Rickenbacker guitar. Together, the symbols on the coin form a pinball table, a nod to their 1969 single “Pinball Wizard” and album Tommy. The coin and its range are available Monday.
Using the latest innovative technology and manufacturing techniques, a number of coins will feature a special ‘shockwave’ effect, radiating from the speaker, elevating the detail of the coin. Designers and craftspeople at the Mint have developed this effect in recognition of The Who’s famous show at Charlton Athletic’s football ground in 1976, which for a decade held the Guinness Book of Records title as the loudest concert ever. The design is the fourth of the Royal Mint’s Music Legends series, recognizing Britain’s most iconic musicians. Previous honorees are Queen, David Bowie, and Elton John.
The Who coin has been realized by the Royal Mint in partnership with Bravado, Universal Music Group’s leading merchandise and brand management company. It’s available as limited edition precious metal proof editions, and as a Brilliant Uncirculated edition, the latter also available in color exclusive to the Royal Mint. View the full collection on The Royal Mint’s website.
Clare Maclennan, divisional director of commemorative coin at the Royal Mint, said: “The Who are an iconic British band with an incredible musical legacy, so it felt right to honor 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.”
Daltrey commented: “It’s an honor 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. Pete Townshend added: “I am delighted that the band’s work is being recognized by this fantastic range of coins from the Royal Mint.”