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  • The Royal Mint has launched a new collectable coin range in honour of the iconic British band, The Who.
  • The coin’s dynamic design includes some of the most famed symbols from the band’s live and loud performances all of which form part of a pinball table in tribute to the single Pinball Wizard and album Tommy.
  • A number of coins will feature a special ‘shockwave’ effect, radiating from the speaker - elevating the detail of the coin. This effect has been developed in honour of The Who’s record-breaking loud concert - a record that was held for a decade.
  • To celebrate the launch of the coin, co-founder and lead singer of The Who, Roger Daltrey, visited The Royal Mint to strike one of the very first coins.

The Royal Mint, the Original Maker of UK coins, has today launched a new range of collectable coins celebrating the iconic British band – The Who. To celebrate the launch of the coin, co-founder and lead singer of The Who, Roger Daltrey, visited The Royal Mint to strike one of the very first coins, giving the band’s seal of approval on the new coin and its design.

The Who collectable coin is the fourth in The Royal Mint’s ‘Music Legends’ series, and follows coins in honour of Queen, Elton John and David Bowie. The coin’s dynamic design includes some of the most iconic symbols from the band’s live and loud performances – including a union flag, Mod logo and speaker-smashing Rickenbacker guitar. Together, the symbols on the coin form a pinball table, a nod to the single Pinball Wizard and album Tommy, one of the band’s most famous creations. With the latest colour printing technology, elements of the coin have been digitally printed to showcase the vibrant red, white and blue of the band’s emblem.

Using the latest innovative technology and manufacturing techniques, a number of coins will feature a special ‘shockwave’ effect, radiating from the speaker - elevating the detail of the coin. Designers and craftspeople at the Mint have developed this effect in honour of The Who’s record-breaking loud concert - a record that was held for a decade.

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Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint said, “The Who are an iconic British band with an incredible musical legacy, so it felt right to honour them with an official UK coin. The Who coin is the latest in our show stopping Music Legends series, which celebrates legendary British artists through original new designs. It was a privilege to have Roger Daltrey visit the Mint to strike one of the first coins and meet the team of makers that have created this wonderful design. Our Music Legends series is engaging new generations of coin collectors, and we hope this design will become a cherished part of fan’s memorabilia.”  

Roger Daltrey, Co-founder and Lead Singer of The Who said, “It’s an honour to have a coin produced to celebrate The Who’s musical legacy. The coin’s design captures the true essence of the band and what we represent. It was a fantastic moment being able to strike one of the very first pieces in the collection and see the range of technologies and processes involved in the making of the coin.”

Pete Townshend, Lead Guitarist of The Who said, “I am delighted that the band's work is being recognised by this fantastic range of coins from The Royal Mint.”

The Who began with three schoolboys who all shared a love of music, from jazz and skiffle, to rock and rhythm & blues. The band was initially made up of John Entwistle, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and later joined by Keith Moon. With a musical legacy spanning more than 50 years, and an impressive record of a 100 million albums sold worldwide, over a billion global streams, members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the UK Music Hall of Fame, the BRIT and GRAMMY Award winning, The Who, are considered by many today as ‘The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World.

Brought together by The Royal Mint and Bravado, Universal Music Group’s leading merchandise and brand management company, The Who coin is available as limited-edition precious metal proof editions as well as a Brilliant Uncirculated edition. The Brilliant Uncirculated coin is also available in colour exclusive to The Royal Mint. View the full collection on The Royal Mint’s website www.royalmint.com/the-who

The Who 2021 Gold Proof Commemorative Coin Specifications

Coin title

The Who 2021 UK Quarter-Ounce Gold Proof Coin

The Who 2021 UK One Ounce Gold Proof Coin

The Who 2021 UK Two Ounce Gold Proof Coin

The Who 2021 UK Five Ounce Gold Proof Coin

The Who 2021 UK Kilo Gold Proof Coin

Denomination

£25

£100

£200

£500

£1,000

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

999.9  Au Fine Gold

999.9 Au Fine Gold

999.9 Au Fine Gold

999.9 Au Fine Gold

999 Au Fine Gold

Weight

7.80g

31.21g

62.42g

156.295g

1005.00g

Diameter

22.00mm

32.69mm

40.00mm

50.00mm

100.00mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Henry Gray

Henry Gray

Henry Gray

Henry Gray

Henry Gray

Quality

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Edge Lettering

-

-

-

-

Laser Edge Lettering

Additional Features

-

-

Shockwave effect

Shockwave effect

Shockwave effect

Maximum Coin Mintage

1010

360

150

64

12

RRP

£595.00

£2,315.00

£4,530.00

£11,225.00

£68,380.00

 

 

The Who 2021 Silver Proof Commemorative Coin Specifications 

Coin title

The Who 2021 UK Half Ounce Silver Proof Coin

The Who 2021 UK One Ounce Silver Proof Coin

The Who 2021 UK Two Ounce Silver Proof Coin

The Who 2021 UK Five Ounce Silver Proof Coin

Denomination

£1

£2

£5

£10

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

999 Ag Fine Silver

999 Ag Fine Silver

999 Ag Fine Silver

999 Ag Fine Silver

Weight

15.71g

31.21g

62.42g

156.295g

Diameter

27.00mm

38.61mm

40.00mm

65.00mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Henry Gray

Henry Gray

Henry Gray

Henry Gray

Quality

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Edge Lettering

 

-

PINBALL WIZARD

-

-

Additional Features

-

-

Shockwave effect

Shockwave effect

Maximum Coin Mintage

10,010

8110

550

500

RRP

£65.00

£97.50

£195.00

£520.00

 

The Who 2021 UK Brilliant Uncirculated Commemorative Coin Specifications

 

Coin title

The Who 2021 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

The Who 2021 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin - Colour

Denomination

£5

£5

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

Alloy

Cupro-Nickel

Cupro-Nickel

Weight

28.28g

28.28g

Diameter

38.61mm

38.61mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Henry Gray

Henry Gray

Quality

Brilliant Uncirculated

Brilliant Uncirculated

Edge Lettering

-

-

Additional Features

-        

Colour

Limited Edition Presentation

Unlimited

10,000

RRP

£13.00

£22.50

 

 

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About The Royal Mint

The Royal Mint has an unbroken history of minting British coinage dating back over 1,100 years. Based in the Tower of London for over 500 years, by 1812 The Royal Mint had moved out of the Tower to premises on London’s Tower Hill. In 1967 the building of a new Royal Mint began on its current site in South Wales, UK, to accommodate the minting of UK decimal coinage.

Today, The Royal Mint is the world’s largest export mint, supplying coins to the UK and overseas countries.

The Royal Mint has also diversified into a number of other complementary businesses, building on the values that have been at the heart of the organisation throughout its history - authenticity, security, precious metals, craftsmanship and design:

Precious Metals

Throughout history The Royal Mint’s name has been synonymous with precious metals and bullion. The organisation trades physical and digital precious metal worldwide and has a global network of distributor partners.

Consumer coin division

The organisation runs a thriving commemorative coin business, gifting, and a collector services division retailing historic coins, an authentication and valuation service and secure storage.

The Royal Mint Experience

The Royal Mint entered the tourism business in 2016 when it opened its popular visitor centre, The Royal Mint Experience, at its home in Llantrisant, South Wales. The attraction welcomes around 100,000 visitors a year.

About Bravado 
Bravado is the leading global provider of consumer, lifestyle and branding services to recording artists and entertainment brands around the world. Part of Universal Music Group, the leader in music-based entertainment, Bravado represents artists in more than 40 countries and provides services including sales, licensing, branding, marketing and e-commerce. Their extensive global distribution network gives artists and brands the opportunity to create deeper connections with their fans through apparel, consumer packaged goods and unique experiences. For more information: http://www.bravado.com

 

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