Gold Kilo 2020 Music Legends - Elton John, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Gold Kilo 2020 Music Legends - Elton John, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinGold Kilo 2020 Music Legends - Elton John

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 one kilo coin celebrating Sir Elton John is the second in the Music Legends coin series by the Royal Mint (after the one dedicated to Queen.

The Royal Mint says:
"Sir Elton Hercules John is the second best-selling British musical act of all time, behind The Beatles, and in the United States of America he is the most successful solo male artist in their chart history. He has sold more than 300 million records worldwide, given more than 4,000 performances (and counting). He has helped break down barriers, challenging and helping change perceptions about sexuality, and has spent decades championing good causes - most notably the fight against AIDS. An undisputed music legend, Elton John is one of the world’s most influential cultural figures."

Given that the Royal Mint has a convention to only depict living people on coinage if they are part of the Royal Family, Elton John is not actually depicted on the coin; instead, his hat and a pair of sunglasses are arranged so as to create the impression of a face.

This is the lowest-mintage gold kilo coin so far, with only four made. The surface pattern on the reverse features only on a few coins in the series. There is also an innovation in the design: the piano keys wrap around the entire edge of this impressive coin (the Mint calls this feature a "Piano Patterned Edge").

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage4
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Gold Kilo 2020 Music Legends - Elton John - 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 - Elton John - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows Elton John's iconic straw boater's hat, above a pair of sunglasses made up of two joined musical notes, and a bow tie - all arranged in a way which creates an impression of a face. The background has part of the cross of the Union Jack flag.

An innovative coin surface design creates a pulsating pattern in the lenses of the glasses.

Across the horizontal stripe of the cross, the inscription ELTON JOHN, with a star within each letter O. Below right, the designer's initials BJM (for Bradley Morgan Johnson).

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

Reverse Inscription ELTON JOHN
EdgeDecorated with piano keysEdge InscriptionNone
See also

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

All (42) 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 Queen Elizabeth II - 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 ·
Gold Kilo 2021 Prince Philip 12 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Kilo 2021 Music Legends - The Who 12 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Kilo 2021 Gothic Crown 22 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Kilo 2022 Year of the Tiger unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2022 The Seymour Panther unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
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Gold Kilo 2020 Music Legends - Elton John: 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 Mintage4
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Gold
DesignerBradley Morgan Johnson
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size100.000 mm
Mass1,005.000 g
OCC IDWMRA-OQPC-QZXW-EYPL
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