John Lennon | The Royal Mint

14 Jun 2011

Last year when the new Alderney £5 coin that featured the portrait of music legend John Lennon on the reverse side was issued for sale. The coin, released on what would have been Lennon’s seventieth birthday in 2010, is part of the ‘Great Britons’ series of silver £5 coins depicting famous Britons from history. John Lennon was selected from six great Britons by a public online poll, which saw over 30,000 members of the public vote and the former Beatle receiving 92% of the votes!

To complement the unique aspect of this coin, the Royal Mint struck a one‐off, 22 carat gold version of the £5 silver coin. This is now being auctioned by the Alder Hey “IMAGINE” appeal of which Yoko Ono is a Patron, to benefit the work of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. Funds raised through the appeal helps the renowned children’s hospital to continue its pioneering work, to develop facilities, and to offer the very highest standards of care to its young patients.

The coin, a unique specimen minted in pure gold, will go under the hammer on the 29June and will be conducted by Bonham’s in London. It is expected that there will be a tremendous amount of interest generated in both the numismatic industry and from those who are avid collectors of Beatles memorabilia. Lennon’s iconic sixties image was designed by sculptor Danuta Solowiej‐Wedderburn with the now familiar Ian Rank‐Broadley profile of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse. The coin is dated “2010” and weighs 38 grams of .999 fine gold with a diameter of 38.6 mm. Struck as a proof piece, this coin is truly worthy of being described as a museum quality acquisition.

Persons interested in acquiring this unique coin should contact Bonham’s London at 7393 3900 for further information on how to proceed with a bid. Any further information on the Alderney £5 unique gold coin, please contact Michael Alexander at or +44 (0) 786 624 5773.

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