New £5 coin honours Elton John

2b754d6b-83f6-4517-bb72-6420945d5cf7

06 July 2020
|
The Royal Mint has announced that Elton John, one of Britain's most successful artists of all time, will be celebrated on a new commemorative coin.

Available from 6 July, the design is the latest addition to The Royal Mint’s new Music Legends series.

With a career spanning more than 50 years, the new coin to celebrate Elton John’s legacy has been designed by artist Bradley Morgan Johnson. Featuring unmistakable Elton John iconography, Bradley has used musical notes to create an image of glasses and a straw boater's hat, inspired by one of Elton John’s most iconic looks, and a Union Jack flag background punctuates the design.

The commemorative coins will be available to purchase in Gold proof, Silver proof and Brilliant Uncirculated editions with prices ranging from £13 for the Brilliant Uncirculated coin up to £68,865 for a Kilo Gold proof coin.  

Elton John said of the design:

“It really is a fabulous honour to be recognised in this way. The last few years have contained some of the most memorable moments of my career, and this is another truly humbling milestone on my journey.”

Keep up to date with the latest GB coin news with the free All About Coins newsletter - sign up today!

Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin and The Royal Mint Experience, commented:

“Elton John is without a doubt a British music legend and is recognised as one of the most successful singer-songwriters of his generation. We are delighted to honour Elton’s significant contribution to British music on a UK coin. This is the second coin in The Royal Mint’s new Music Legends series, marking the work of our exceptional British musicians.”

In addition to the coin collection, The Royal Mint and Elton John are also working together to create a special one-off collector’s piece, which will be auctioned later this year. The unique coin will help raise vital funds for the Elton John Charitable Trust at a time when the wider charity sector has been hit with a reduction in donations.

The Commemorative Coin Collection includes the following products:

•    £5 Brilliant uncirculated coin cover Rocket Man - £13
•    £5 Brilliant uncirculated coin cover Dodgers Stadium - £15
•    £5 Brilliant uncirculated coin cover Illustration - £15
•    £5 Brilliant uncirculated coin cover The Very Best Of - £15
•    Half Ounce Silver Proof Coin- £60
•    One Ounce Silver Proof Coin - £95
•    Two Ounce Silver Proof Coin – £195
•    Five Ounce Silver Proof Coin - £485
•    Quarter-Ounce Gold Proof Coin - £585
•    One Ounce Gold Proof Coin - £2,320
•    Two-Ounce Gold Proof Coin – £4,555
•    Five-Ounce Gold Proof Coin – £11,350
•    Kilo Gold Proof Coin - £68,865

Elton John 2020 UK Brilliant Uncirculated Commemorative Coin Specifications…

 

Coin title

Elton John 2020 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin – Rocket Man

Elton John 2020 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin – Dodgers Stadium

Elton John 2020 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin - Illustration

Elton John  2020 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin – The Very Best Of

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

Bradley Morgan Johnson

Bradley Morgan Johnson

Bradley Morgan Johnson

Bradley Morgan Johnson

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