Queen member Brian May and Roger Taylor along with Adam Lambert continue the legacy of the band. But thanks to the Royal Mint, all four of the band members will be forever immortalized on a new £5 coin. The coins will be available in Gold Proof, Silver Proof, and Brilliant Uncirculated forms.
Queen is the first band to be featured on a commemorative coin and is the first in a new “Music Legends” series.
Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor are represented via their instruments – the Bechstein grand piano Mercury played on “Bohemian Rhapsody”, May’s “Red Special” guitar, Deacon’s Fender bass, and Taylor’s drum set featuring the signature Queen logo that was originally designed by Mercury. Mercury’s microphone stand is also on the coin.
The Brilliant Uncirculated coins, which are currently on sale, are also being made available in a limited edition package that also includes a poster.
Queen burst on to the international music scene in 1975 when they released a beforehand unheard of six minute single of the song “Bohemian Rhapsody”. In 2002, Briton’s voted the chart topping song as their favourite song of all time. The pressed keys on the piano’s representation on the coin are the opening notes to the song.
The coins range from £13 to £2,100…
The Brilliant Uncirculated coin ranges from £13 to £15.
The Silver Proof coin is £60 for the half ounce and £90 for the full ounce coin.
The Gold Proof coin is £510 for the quarter ounce and £2,200 for the full ounce coins.
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