The coin’s design includes some of the most famed symbols from the band’s live performances all of which form part of a pinball table in tribute to the single Pinball Wizard and album Tommy.
The Royal Mint has today (24 May) launched a new range of collectable coins celebrating iconic British band, The Who.
The Who collectable coin is the fourth in The Royal Mint’s ‘Music Legends’ series, and follows coins in honour of Queen, Elton John and David Bowie.
Its design includes some of the most iconic symbols from the band’s live performances including a union flag, Mod logo and speaker-smashing Rickenbacker guitar.
Together, the symbols on the coin form a pinball table, a nod to the single Pinball Wizard and album Tommy, one of the band’s most famous creations. With the latest colour printing technology, elements of the coin have been digitally printed to showcase the vibrant red, white and blue of the band’s emblem.
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.
“The Who are an iconic British band with an incredible musical legacy, so it felt right to honour them with an official UK coin,” commented Clare Maclennan, divisional director of commemorative coin at The Royal Mint. “The Who coin is the latest in our show stopping Music Legends series, which celebrates legendary British artists through original new designs. 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.”
To celebrate the launch of the coin, co-founder and lead singer of The Who, Roger Daltrey, visited The Royal Mint to strike one of the very first coins, giving the band’s seal of approval on the new coin and its design.
He commented: “It’s an honour 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. It was a fantastic moment being able to strike one of the very first pieces in the collection and see the range of technologies and processes involved in the making of the coin.”
Brought together by The Royal Mint and Bravado – Universal Music Group’s merchandise and brand management company – The Who coin is available as limited-edition precious metal proof editions, as well as a Brilliant Uncirculated edition. The Brilliant Uncirculated coin is also available in colour exclusive to The Royal Mint.