The British Royal Mint has issued a commemorative coin in honor of the Queen band, Reuters reports.
The official Twitter account of the Royal Mint today published a video presentation of the new coin. The video features Brian May – guitarist of the band Queen, the author of many of the band’s hits. He noted that for the first time in the history of Great Britain, the queen is placed on both sides of the coin: “On one side — the image of the Queen (Elizabeth II), and the other — the Queen (band). This has never happened before!”
The coin, released on January 20, also features the Queen logo and the band’s legendary instruments: the Bechstein Grand piano that Freddie Mercury used to record and perform Bohemian Rhapsody, Brian May’s Red Special guitar, Roger Taylor’s Ludwig drum, and John Deacon’s Fender Precision bass guitar.
The coin is available in various versions. The price varies from 13 to 2020 pounds, depending on the size and material of manufacture.
The Queen commemorative coin is the first in the Legends of Music collection. This is a new series of the Royal Mint, designed to pay homage to bands and artists whose style and sound have become defining in each of the past decades. According to a press release posted on the Royal Mint’s website, Queen is one of the most iconic rock bands of all time. This band, founded in London in the early 1970s, supplemented and reinterpreted the sound of hard rock, enriching it with the tonality of pop music. Among the band’s most popular songs are “We Will Rock You,” “We Are the Champions,” “The Show Must Go On,” “I Want to Break Free,” and “a Kind of Magic.”