The Royal Mint celebrates the Who with the launch of a new collector’s item
The Royal Mint has announced that it has launched a new commemorative coin celebrating legendary English rock band The Who.
The coin is part of the Royal Mint’s Legends of Music series and the Who coin is the fourth to be released, following those minted in honor of the Queen, Sir Elton John and David Bowie.
The coin’s vibrant designs feature symbols of The Who’s career, including a Union Flag, the Mod logo, and a Rickenbacker guitar that rocks the speaker.
Together, the design forms a pinball machine in a nod to the iconic Pinball Wizard song and the Tommy album, one of the band’s most famous creations.
Using color printing technology, the elements of the room have been digitally printed in red, white and blue and some feature a ‘shock wave’ effect, radiating from the speaker.
The group’s co-founder and lead singer, Roger Daltrey, visited the Mint to mint one of the first coins and said it was an “honor” to have a coin to mark The legacy of The Who.
Daltrey said, “It is an honor to have a coin produced to celebrate The Who’s musical legacy.
“The design of the piece captures the true essence of the band and what we stand for.
“It was a fantastic time to be able to mint one of the very first pieces in the collection and see the range of technologies and processes involved in making the piece.”
Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of the Commemorative Coin at the Royal Mint, added: “The Who are an iconic British band with an incredible musical heritage, so it felt right to honor them with an official UK coin.
“The piece Who is the latest in our breathtaking musical legends series, which celebrates legendary British artists through new original designs.
“It was a privilege to have Roger Daltrey visit the Mint to mint one of the first coins and meet the team of makers who created this magnificent design.
“Our Music Legends Series engages new generations of coin collectors, and we hope this design becomes a cherished part of fan memories.”
Where to get one
The Who coin is available in a limited edition in precious metal, as well as in an undistributed shiny edition.
The collection includes an uncirculated brilliant color coin in a £ 5 denomination, priced at £ 22.50, and a limited edition 1 ounce gold coin priced at £ 2,315.
The Who Coin Collection is available for purchase from the Royal Mint online.