Queen is the first band featured on a U.K. coin
By Saige Miller on January 21, 2020
By: Saige Miller
Queen has officially reached a new level of awesome. The historic rock band has made its way onto the front of a U.K. coin.
Queen is the first band to ever be featured on a collectible British coin made by Royal Mint.
The coin company released the rare collectible after the U.K.’s Royal Mail announced a special edition stamp of the band. The stamp is to celebrate Queen’s 50th anniversary.
About the coin
Royal Mint designer Chris Facey and a big Queen fan, created the pin. “My first memory of Queen was hearing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in the film Wayne’s World, and I’ve been a big fan ever since,” Facey said in an interview.
Each coin shows every band member’s instruments and has the keys of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” engraved.
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Cost of the coin
The coins are listed at various different sizes and prices, ranging from $19.49 all the way to $2,624.79.
If you were looking to get a one of a kind, one-ounce gold proof, Queen coin, it’s unfortunately already sold out. A close second is the quarter-ounce gold proof coin, going for $662.96.
Of course, Queen is excited to be the first band on the face of money!
Guitarist Brian May was in disbelief. “This is a big ‘Who could have imagined it?’ moment for us. When we began as Queen, even the first rung of the ladder to recognition seemed remote and unreachable. To have our band recognized and our music celebrated in this way is very touching, a real honor,” May posted on his website.
Drummer Roger Taylor felt similar.
“Marvelous, all this fuss over our band.” “I feel entirely spent.”