Five Pounds 2020 Music Legends - Queen, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Five Pounds 2020 Music Legends - Queen, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinFive Pounds 2020 Music Legends - Queen

At the time of decimalisation in 1971, the United Kingdom Crown coin (equal to 5 shillings) was redenominated as a 25p coin and pieces struck prior to 1990 - all the way back to 1818 - continue to be legal tender for that amount. The old denomination had been a regular circulating coin in the 19th century, but in the 20th century it became more of a commemorative denomination.

The Royal Mint continued issuing commemorative coins in the same format - using the traditional coin dimensions, but in copper-nickel. These were initially also denominated as 25 pence but the "Crown" was changed in 1990 to a commemorative Five Pound coin, having the same dimensions and weight but with a face value twenty times as great.

The denomination is used to mark special occasions, usually royal in theme, rather than for use in general circulation. Although not circulating, these coins are legal tender.

This £5 Crown-sized commemorative coin is the first in the "Music Legends" series of coins and celebrates the famous rock band Queen.

The "Music Legends" collection from The Royal Mint pays tribute to the bands and artists whose attitude, sound and look came to define each passing decade - a legacy perfectly encapsulated in each coin design.

This first coin in the series features one of the most iconic rock bands of all time. Formed in London in the early 1970s, Queen augmented their hard rock sound with pop sensibilities, redefining the genre and elevating it to another level. Recording a string of smash hits, fans flocked to see them live, their foot-stomping anthems and epic ballads delivered with panache by their flamboyant frontman, tragically gone too soon.

Hugely anticipated by coin collectors and music fans alike, Queen are celebrated with a design that features the iconic instruments played by each founding member: Brian May’s Red Special guitar, John Deacon’s Fender Precision bass, Roger Taylor’s Ludwig bass drum and Freddie Mercury’s Bechstein grand piano with the opening notes of Bohemian Rhapsody pressed down.

The design has been officially approved by Roger Taylor and Brian May.

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2020 Music Legends - Queen - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait").

Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, followed by the value and denomination in English and the year.

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2020 Music Legends - Queen - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows the instruments played by each founding member of Queen: Brian May’s Red Special guitar, John Deacon’s Fender Precision bass, Roger Taylor’s Ludwig bass drum and Freddie Mercury’s Bechstein grand piano, with the opening notes of Bohemian Rhapsody pressed down.

Central, the inscription QUEEN.

In the lower left, the artist's initials CF (for Chris Facey).

The face value and date of issue are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription QUEEN
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Notes

The Brilliant Uncirculated copper-nickel coin was issued in a presentation folder with a slipcase like a CD cover, and in three other packaging varieties with different slipcase covers which also include posters.

See also

Queen coins in the first part of the Music Legends collection include:
- 1 kg Gold Proof, Queen 2020
- 5 oz Gold Proof, Queen 2020
- 2 oz Gold Proof, Queen 2020
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Queen 2020
- 1 oz Gold Bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated), Queen 2020
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Queen 2020
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Queen 2020
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Queen 2020
- 1 oz Silver Proof (coloured), Queen 2020
- 1 oz Silver Bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated), Queen 2020
- 1/2 oz Silver Proof, Queen 2020
- £5 CuproNickel, Brilliant Uncirculated, Queen 2020

Five Pounds 2020 Music Legends - Queen: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated - ordinary slipcase
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Royal Mint product code UK20Q1BU, issue price £13.00.

Variety Brilliant Uncirculated - Hot Space
Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 25,000
Details

"Hot Space" themed slipcase with a matching poster included.

Royal Mint product code: UK20Q2BU. Issue price: £15.00. Issue limit: 25,000.

Variety Brilliant Uncirculated - A Kind of Magic
Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 25,000
Details

"A Kind of Magic" themed slipcase with a matching poster included.

Royal Mint product code: UK20Q3BU. Issue price: £15.00. Issue limit: 25,000.

Variety Brilliant Uncirculated - Live
Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 25,000
Details

"Live" themed slipcase with a matching poster included.

Royal Mint product code: UK20Q4BU. Issue price: £15.00. Issue limit: 25,000.

Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in PNC
Images United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2020 Music Legends - Queen / Brilliant Uncirculated in PNC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2020 Music Legends - Queen / Brilliant Uncirculated in PNC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 10,000. Mintage limit: 10,000
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated coin in Philatelic Numismatic Cover (PNC), with five stamps featuring some of Queen’s legendary live shows, postmarked Truro 9.7.2020.

The Royal Mint says:
"Each Coin Cover contains the Queen Live Miniature Sheet which includes a stamp featuring the whole band.

Paying homage to the first Queen gig being held in 1970 at Truro City Hall, the Miniature Sheet is cancelled in gold ink with a Truro postmark and includes ‘We Will Rock You’ - the title of Queen’s most iconic anthem.

Comes with a £5 Brilliant Uncirculated coin which depicts the band members’ various instruments - including a piano on which the first three bars of Bohemian Rhapsody are textured, giving the illusion that the keys are being pressed.

Packed with images, quotes and journalist Jason Draper’s reflections on how the scope of Queen’s music grew in tandem with the scale of their lives shows - culminating in their legendary Live Aid performance."

Royal Mint product code: QUBUPNC. Issue price: £19.95. Issue limit: 10,000.

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Five Pounds 2020 Music Legends - Queen: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeCrown (Five Pounds)
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value5 (x Pound)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerChris Facey
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.610 mm
Thickness2.890 mm
Mass28.280 g
OCC IDLGVB-OLDC-LNMK-OMPX
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