Music Legends: David Bowie £5 coin

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07 December 2020
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The David Bowie £5 coin is the third in The Royal Mint’s ‘Music Legends’ collection, and follows coins in honour of Queen and Elton John. The coin’s design includes the iconic lightning bolt motif from Aladdin Sane, and captures Bowie’s career journey.

Using the latest innovative technology and manufacturing techniques, the lightning bolt that features on a number of the special edition coins appears laced with stardust to create a glitter effect - elevating the stunning detail of the coin.

Bowie coin versions available

The Bowie coin is available in the following formats:

  • limited-edition precious metal Proof editions
  • a standard Brilliant Uncirculated edition
  • the Brilliant Uncirculated coin is also available in three different slipcase covers exclusive to The Royal Mint
  • Visit the Royal Mint shop to find out more.

To celebrate this launch, The Royal Mint sent the David Bowie commemorative coin into space. 

About Bowie

Born in Brixton, South London in 1947, Bowie started life as David Robert Jones.

By the time he was 19 he had taken on his iconic name and began pursuing a career in pop music. Five days ahead of the Apollo 11 launch in July 1969, ‘Space Oddity’ was released in the United Kingdom. The single reached number five in the charts, making it Bowie’s first success as a writer and performer.

David Bowie’s influence can be seen and heard everywhere and his music continues to inspire hundreds of millions of musicians worldwide.

David Bowie £5 coin specifications

 

David Bowie 2020 UK Brilliant Uncirculated Commemorative Coin Specifications

 

Coin title

David Bowie 2020 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin – Edition 1

David Bowie 2020 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin – Edition 2

David Bowie 2020 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin – Edition 3

David Bowie 2020 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin – Edition 4

Denomination

£5

£5

£5

£5

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

Cupro-Nickel

Cupro-Nickel

Cupro-Nickel

Cupro-Nickel

Weight

28.28g

28.28g

28.28g

28.28g

Diameter

38.61mm

38.61mm

38.61mm

38.61mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Quality

Brilliant Uncirculated

Brilliant Uncirculated

Brilliant Uncirculated

Brilliant Uncirculated

Edge Lettering

-

-

-

-

Maximum Coin Mintage

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Limited Edition Presentation

Unlimited

15,000

15,000

15,000

RRP

£13.00

£15.00

£15.00

£15.00

David Bowie 2020 UK Silver Proof Commemorative Coin Specifications 

Coin title

David Bowie 2020 UK Half Ounce Silver Proof Coin

David Bowie 2020 UK One Ounce Silver Proof Coin

David Bowie 2020 UK Two Ounce Silver Proof Coin

David Bowie 2020 UK Five Ounce Silver Proof Coin

Denomination

£1

£2

£5

£10

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

999 Ag Fine Silver

999 Ag Fine Silver

999 Ag Fine Silver

999 Ag Fine Silver

Weight

15.71g

31.21g

62.42g

156.295g

Diameter

27.00mm

38.61mm

40.00mm

65.00mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Quality

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Edge Lettering

 

-

THE STARS ARE NEVER FAR AWAY

-

-

Additional Features

-

-

'High Relief

'Stardust' feature on bolt

'High Relief

'Stardust' feature on bolt

Maximum Coin Mintage

13,500

8,100

550

500

RRP

£65.00

£97.50

£195.00

£520.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Bowie 2020 UK Gold Proof Commemorative Coin Specifications

Coin title

David Bowie 2020 UK Quarter-Ounce Gold Proof Coin

David Bowie 2020 UK One Ounce Gold Proof Coin

David Bowie 2020 UK Two Ounce Gold Proof Coin

David Bowie 2020 UK Five Ounce Gold Proof Coin

David Bowie 2020 UK Kilo Gold Proof Coin

Denomination

£25

£100

£200

£500

£1,000

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

999.9  Au Fine Gold

999.9 Au Fine Gold

999.9 Au Fine Gold

999.9 Au Fine Gold

999.9 Au Fine Gold

Weight

7.80g

31.21g

62.42g

156.295g

1005.00g

Diameter

22.00mm

32.69mm

40.00mm

50.00mm

100.00mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Quality

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Edge Lettering

-

-

-

-

 

Additional Features

-

-

'High Relief

'Stardust' feature on bolt

'High Relief

'Stardust' feature on bolt

'High Relief

'Stardust' feature on bolt

Maximum Coin Mintage

1,400

400

100

60

11

RRP

£615.00

£2,425.00

£4,760.00

£11,815.00

£72,195.00

 

 

 

 

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