Monday, January 20, 2020

Queen honored with UK coin from The Royal Mint

Queen have been honored as the first British band to be featured on a commemorative coin from The Royal Mint.

The coin commemorates all four members of Queen through the portrayal of each member’s instrument, with the Bechstein grand piano – which Freddie Mercury played for "Bohemian Rhapsody" – featuring at the top of the coin alongside Brian May’s ‘Red Special’ guitar, John Deacon’s Fender Precision Bass and Roger Taylor’s Ludwig bass drum decorated with the Queen crest, as it appeared in the band’s early days.

Underscored by Mercury’s signature microphone stand, Queen’s logo is placed at the centre of the design.

The Queen-branded coins are the first in The Royal Mint’s new ‘Music Legends’ collection.

“This is a big ‘Who could have imagined it?’ moment for us,” says May in a new video. “When we began as Queen, even the first rung of the ladder to recognition seemed remote and unreachable. To have our band recognized and our music celebrated in this way is very touching - a real honor.”

“Marvellous, all this fuss over our band,” adds Taylor. “I feel entirely spent.”

Available now, the Queen commemorative coins are offered in Gold proof, Silver proof, and Brilliant Uncirculated and are available to purchase from

Queen and Adam Lambert launched their 2020 live schedule this week with two dates in South Korea; they’ll next head to Japan for four shows before playing New Zealand and Australia – where they’ll headline Fire Fight Australia, a benefit concert in Sydney, AU on February 16.

See also:

Queen and Alice Cooper to perform at Fire Fight Australia benefit concert
Queen announce fan-voted Greatest Hits In Japan collection
Queen guitarist Brian May reveals holiday season depression
Queen drummer Roger Taylor named OBE on New Year’s Honours List
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