The Who Celebrated On UK Commemorative Coin By Royal Mint
The Who will be celebrated by the UK’s Royal Mint with a new commemorative coin. Featuring symbols from the band’s live performances―including a union flag, the Mod logo, and a speaker-smashing Rickenbacker guitar. Together, the symbols on the coin form a pinball table, a nod to their 1969 single “Pinball Wizard” and album Tommy. The coin and its range are available Monday.
Using the latest innovative technology and manufacturing techniques, 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 honor of The Who’s record-breaking loud concert, a record that was held for a decade. The design is the fourth of The Royal Mint’s Music Legends series, recognizing Britain’s most iconic musicians. Previous honorees include Queen, David Bowie, and Elton John.
Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint said, “The Who are an iconic British band with an incredible musical legacy, so it felt right to honor them with an official UK coin. The Who coin is the latest in our show-stopping Music Legends series, which celebrates legendary British artists through original new designs.
It was a privilege to have Roger Daltrey visit the Mint to strike one of the first coins and meet the team of makers that have created this wonderful design. Our Music Legends series is engaging new generations of coin collectors, and we hope this design will become a cherished part of fan’s memorabilia.”
Roger Daltrey, Co-founder and lead singer of The Who commented, “It’s an honor 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.
Pete Townshend, Lead Guitarist of The Who added, “I am delighted that the band’s work is being recognized by this fantastic range of coins from The Royal Mint.”
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