24 May 2021
The Royal Mint has launched a new range of collectable coins in honour of the British rock band, The Who, whose classic albums include Tommy, The Who Sell Out and Quadrophenia.
The coin’s design includes some of the most famed symbols from the band’s live and loud performances all of which form part of a pinball table in tribute to the single Pinball Wizard and album Tommy.
A number of coins will feature a special ‘shockwave’ effect, radiating from the speaker - elevating the detail of the coin. This effect has been developed in honour of The Who’s record-breaking loud concert - a record that was held for a decade.
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The coin’s design includes symbols from the band’s live and loud performances:
- A union flag
- Mod logo
- A speaker-smashing Rickenbacker guitar
- The symbols on the coin form a pinball table, a nod to the single 'Pinball Wizard' and album Tommy
A number of coins will feature a special ‘shockwave’ effect, radiating from the speaker - elevating the detail of the coin. Designers and craftspeople at the Mint have developed this effect in honour of The Who’s record-breaking loud concert - a record that was held for a decade.
The Who's lead singer Roger Daltrey said:
“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.”
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. View the full collection on The Royal Mint’s website www.royalmint.com/the-who