Gold Kilo 2020 Music Legends - David Bowie, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Gold Kilo 2020 Music Legends - David Bowie, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinGold Kilo 2020 Music Legends - David Bowie

Like many other mints, the Royal Mint issues bullion coins in precious metals, having much higher intrinsic value than their face value. Most of these by tradition are measured in troy ounces of fractions thereof, but the mint also introduced metric coins measuring one kilogram of pure metal (they are actually fractionally heavier as a whole, to account for the small amount of other metal in the alloy).

The 1 kg gold coins are denominated as One Thousand Pounds (£1,000), although their intrinsic (bullion) value is much higher than their face value. The coins vary in design depending on the occasion (they are "one-year" types usually issued in parallel with smaller denominations with the same reverse designs).

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.

This commemorative gold kilogram coin celebrating David Bowie is the third in the Music Legends coin series by the Royal Mint (after the first dedicated to Queen and the second dedicated to Sir Elton John).

Born in Brixton, South London, in 1947, David Bowie began life as David Robert Jones. By the time he was 19 he had taken on his iconic name and was taking the first steps in one of the most innovative and influential careers in the history of sound and vision. His music electrified generations, and his perpetual state of reinvention kept music fans enthralled.

The Royal Mint says:
"The third coin in our Music Legends collection celebrates rock’s definitive chameleon with a design inspired by an image of the singer from his time spent living and recording in Berlin. The inclusion of the lightning bolt motif from the Aladdin Sane era captures Bowie’s career journey, and the moment he finally put aside the props to emerge as an artist in his own right."

Jody Clark's reverse celebrates rock’s definitive chameleon with a design inspired by an image of the singer from his time spent living and recording in Berlin. The inclusion of the lightning bolt motif from the Aladdin Sane era captures Bowie’s career journey, and the moment he finally put aside the props to emerge as an artist in his own right.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage11
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Gold Kilo 2020 Music Legends - David Bowie - 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 · 1000 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 · 1000 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Gold Kilo 2020 Music Legends - David Bowie - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows David Bowie, facing left. Behind him, the outline of a thunderbolt, above which stars. The lightning bolt appears laced with stardust to create a glitter effect.

In the lower left, beneath the thunderbolt and next to David Bowie's shoulder, the designer's initials JC (for Jody Clark).

Diagonally below right, the inscription BOWIE.

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

Reverse Inscription BOWIE
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Proof FDC.
Limited Edition and Maximum Coin Mintage: 11.
Royal Mint Product Code: UK20DB1K

See also

David Bowie coins in the third part of the Music Legends collection include:
- 1 kg Gold Proof, David Bowie 2020
- 5 oz Gold Proof, David Bowie 2020
- 2 oz Gold Proof, David Bowie 2020
- 1 oz Gold Proof, David Bowie 2020
- 1 oz Gold Bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated), David Bowie 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, David Bowie 2020
- 5 oz Silver Proof, David Bowie 2020
- 2 oz Silver Proof, David Bowie 2020
- 1 oz Silver Proof Coloured, David Bowie 2020
- 1 oz Silver Bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated), David Bowie 2021
- 1/2 oz Silver Proof, David Bowie 2020
- £5 CuproNickel, Brilliant Uncirculated, David Bowie 2020

All (37) coins of type: Gold Kilo (1 kg)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Gold Kilo 2012 London Olympics 20 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D 1000 POUNDS · 2012
Gold One Kilo 2012 Diamond Jubilee 21 Royal Arms ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS
Gold Kilo 2013 Coronation Anniversary 13 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D 1000 POUNDS · 2013
Gold One Kilo 2013 Prince George Christening 19 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D 1000 POUNDS
Gold Kilo 2014 First World War Outbreak 10 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D 1000 POUNDS · 2014
Gold Kilo 2015 Longest Reigning Monarch 15 Portrait by James Butler ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2015
Gold Kilo 2015 Churchill 9 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D 1000 POUNDS · 2015
Gold Kilo 2016 Year of the Monkey unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold One Kilo 2016 Queen's 90th Birthday 15 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Gold Kilo 2017 Year of the Rooster 8 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2017 Platinum Wedding 15 ELIZABETH II D G REG F D · PHILIP PRINCEPS · 1000 POUNDS
Gold Kilo 2017 Sapphire Jubilee 18 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2017 Lion of England 13 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2017 Unicorn of Scotland 8 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2018 Year of the Dog 11 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2018 Armistice unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Gold Kilo 2018 Sapphire Jubilee 12 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2018 Red Dragon of Wales 13 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2018 Black Bull of Clarence 9 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2019 Year of the Pig unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2019 Una and the Lion 12 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2019 Falcon of the Plantagenets unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2019 Yale of Beaufort unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2019 Victoria and Albert 12 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2019 ·
Gold Kilo 2020 Year of the Rat unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2020 White Lion of Mortimer unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2020 Music Legends - Queen 6 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Gold Kilo 2020 Music Legends - Elton John 4 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Gold Kilo 2020 Music Legends - David Bowie 11 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Gold Kilo 2020 James Bond unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Gold Kilo 2020 The Three Graces 21 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Gold Kilo 2021 Year of the Ox unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2021 Britannia, Premium Exclusive unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2021 White Greyhound of Richmond unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2021 Griffin of Edward III unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2021 The Queen's Beasts Completer Coin unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2021 Queen's 95th Birthday unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2021 ·
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Gold Kilo 2020 Music Legends - David Bowie: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeGold Kilo (1 kg)
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value1000 (x Pound)
Total Mintage11
Mintage Limit11
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Gold
DesignerJody Clark
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size100.000 mm
Mass1,005.000 g
OCC IDWMRA-OQPC-RRXP-EYPL
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