Five Pounds 2021 Music Legends - The Who, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Five Pounds 2021 Music Legends - The Who, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinFive Pounds 2021 Music Legends - The Who

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 commemorative £5 Crown-sized coin celebrating The Who is the fourth in the Music Legends coin series by the Royal Mint; earlier coins commemorated Queen, Sir Elton John and David Bowie.

The Who are an English rock band formed in London in 1964. Their classic lineup consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist and singer Pete Townshend, bass guitarist and singer John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon. They are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century and have sold over 100 million records worldwide. They are cited as an influence by many hard rock, punk rock and mod bands, and their songs still receive regular exposure.

The Royal Mint says:
"Our Music Legends collection showcases iconic acts from the nation’s diverse musical past and present. It is not often that a band will span generations, but The Who, with their explosive performances, have been a part of Britain’s soundtrack for more than 50 years. Together, groundbreaking lead guitarist Pete Townshend, microphone-twirling Roger Daltrey, John ‘The Ox’ Entwistle, and maverick drummer Keith Moon challenged genres, broke records and thrilled fans with their unique style.

Artist Henry Gray has included some of the most iconic symbols from the band’s live and loud performances in his design. A Union flag, mod logo and speaker-smashing Rickenbacker guitar all feature in the form of a pinball table, which is a nod to Tommy, one of the band’s most famous creations."

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2021 Music Legends - The Who - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown and the Victoria Coronation necklace worn for her Coronation. This is her effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait" worldwide and "Sixth Portrait" in Australia, in "uncouped" version - showing the Queen's shoulders and not terminating at the neck as the normal version.

On the left, in small letters on the Queen's shoulder, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Running continuously around the rim is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the face value: ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2021 ·. 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.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2021 Music Legends - The Who - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts a pinball table shaped like a Rickenbacker guitar decorated with the colours of the Union Jack flag, smashing through a loudspeaker. Above, the logo of The Who.

Vertically in the lower right, the designer's initials HDG (for Henry Gray).

The date, face value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription The Who
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Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Date of issue: 24 May 2021.

See also

The Who coins in the fourth part of the Music Legends collection include:
- 1 kg Gold Proof, The Who 2021
- 5 oz Gold Proof, The Who 2021
- 2 oz Gold Proof, The Who 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, The Who 2021
- 1 oz Gold Bullion, The Who 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, The Who 2021
- 5 oz Silver Proof, The Who 2021
- 2 oz Silver Proof, The Who 2021
- 1 oz Silver Coloured Proof, The Who 2021
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, The Who 2021
- 1/2 oz Silver Proof, The Who 2021
- £5 CuproNickel (with coloured version) Brilliant Uncirculated, The Who 2021

Five Pounds 2021 Music Legends - The Who: Known varieties
Variety In presentation card
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Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Royal Mint product code: UK21TWBU, issue price: £13.00.

Variety Coloured Reverse
Images United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2021 Music Legends - The Who / Coloured Reverse - obverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2021 Music Legends - The Who / Coloured Reverse - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 10,000
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated coin in a presentation card, with the Union Jack and the band logo on the reverse in colour.

Royal Mint product code: UK21TWBC, issue price: £22.50. Limited Edition and Maximum Coin Mintage: 10,000.

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Five Pounds 2021 Music Legends - The Who: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeCrown (Five Pounds)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value5 (x Pound)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerHenry Gray
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.610 mm
Thickness2.890 mm
Mass28.280 g
OCC IDLBRP-ERRC-ZDWJ-EMNY
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