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

Gold Five Ounces 2021 Music Legends - The Who, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinGold Five Ounces 2021 Music Legends - The Who

Like many other mints, the Royal Mint issues bullion coins in precious metals, having much higher intrinsic value than their face value. The five ounces (5 oz) gold coins are denominated as either ten pounds (£10) or five hundred pounds (£500).

The coins are legal tender but are not intended for circulation. They are targeted at bullion investors or collectors who appreciate the special editions as pieces of art. The coins are typically "one-year" types usually issued in parallel with smaller denominations with the same reverse designs.

This commemorative gold five-ounce 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 / Gold Five Ounces 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 worn for her Coronation (her effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait").

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

Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend, followed by the date of issue and the face value: ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 500 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 · 500 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Gold Five Ounces 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
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Proof FDC.
Issue price: £11,225.00.
Royal Mint product code: UK21TW5G
Date announced: 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

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Gold Five Ounces 2021 Music Legends - The Who: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeGold Five Ounces (5 oz)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value500 (x Pound)
Total Mintage64
Mintage Limit64
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerHenry Gray
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size50.000 mm
Mass156.300 g
OCC IDNXYD-ENZC-GAZX-EVRB
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