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

Gold Two Ounces 2020 Music Legends - Elton John, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinGold Two Ounces 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. The two ounce (2 oz) gold coins are denominated as Two Hundred Pounds (£200).

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 two-ounce 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.

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Gold Two Ounces 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 · 200 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 · 200 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Gold Two Ounces 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
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Proof FDC.
Packaging: in mahogany presentation box, with numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Royal Mint Product Code: UK20EJ2G
Issue price: £4,555.00
Issue limit and Maximum Coin Mintage: 50.

The surface pattern on the reverse features only on a few coins in the series.

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 (18) coins of type: Gold Two Ounces (2 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Gold Two Ounces 2019 Britannia 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 200 POUNDS ·
Gold Two Ounces 2019 Una and the Lion 225 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 200 POUNDS ·
Gold Two Ounces 2020 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 200 POUNDS ·
Gold Two Ounces 2020 Music Legends - Queen 53 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 200 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Gold Two Ounces 2020 Music Legends - Elton John 50 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 200 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Gold Two Ounces 2020 Music Legends - David Bowie 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 200 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Gold Two Ounces 2020 Bond, James Bond unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 200 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Gold Two Ounces 2020 James Bond, Pay Attention unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 200 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Gold Two Ounces 2020 James Bond, Shaken not Stirred unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 200 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Gold Two Ounces 2020 The Three Graces 335 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 200 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Gold Two Ounces 2021 Queen's 95th Birthday unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 200 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Two Ounces 2021 Prince Philip 300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 200 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Two Ounces 2021 Britannia, Premium Exclusive unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 200 POUNDS ·
Gold Two Ounces 2021 Britannia, Proof unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 200 POUNDS ·
Gold Two Ounces 2021 Music Legends - The Who 150 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 200 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Two Ounces 2021 Gothic Crown 411 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 200 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Two Ounces 2022 Platinum Jubilee unknown Equestrian Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 200 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Gold Two Ounces 2022 The Seymour Panther unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 200 POUNDS ·
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Gold Two Ounces 2020 Music Legends - Elton John: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeGold Two Ounces (2 oz)
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value200 (x Pound)
Total Mintage50
Mintage Limit50
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerBradley Morgan Johnson
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size40.000 mm
Mass62.420 g
OCC IDBYNK-EDDC-MDDD-EPQM
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