New commemorative coin will honour one of the most successful and enduring artists of all time.
The Royal Mint is celebrating Sir Elton John with a new commemorative coin.
With a career spanning more than 50 years, the new coin to celebrate Elton John’s legacy has been designed by artist Bradley Morgan Johnson.
Featuring unmistakable Elton John iconography, Bradley has used musical notes to create an image of glasses and a straw boater’s hat, inspired by one of Elton’s most iconic looks, and a Union Jack flag background punctuates the design.
The commemorative coins will be available to purchase in Gold proof, Silver proof and Brilliant Uncirculated editions with prices ranging 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. These designs feature a pulsating star pattern in the glasses’ lenses and a high relief finish on the hat, glasses and bow tie that further enhance the appearance of each coin.
“Elton John is without a doubt a British music legend and is recognised as one of the most successful singer-songwriters of his generation,” said Clare Maclennan, divisional director of commemorative coin and the Royal Mint Experience. “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.”
Sir Elton said of the design: “It really is a fabulous honour to be recognised in this way. 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.”
In addition to the coin collection, The Royal Mint and Elton John are also working together to create a special one-off collector’s piece, which will be auctioned later this year. The unique coin will help raise vital funds for the Elton John Charitable Trust at a time when the wider charity sector has been hit with a reduction in donations.
The collaboration was brought together and facilitated by Bravado.