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  • The Royal Mint has launched a new commemorative coin range in honour of music legend Davie Bowie
  • It is the first time a UK coin has gone into space, and pays homage to Davie Bowie’s space inspired hits including Starman, Life on Mars? and Space Oddity

The Royal Mint, the Original Maker of UK coins, has today launched a commemorative coin celebrating the career of one of Britain’s most enduring musical icons – David Bowie.

It is the first time that a UK coin has been sent into space, and celebrates the intergalactic legacy of David Bowie and his hits including Starman, Life on Mars? and Space Oddity. The coin reached 35,656m and orbited the Earth’s atmosphere for 45 minutes before safely descending back to Britain. The coin will now be offered as a competition prize for David Bowie fans via The Royal Mint’s Facebook page.

The David Bowie commemorative coin is the third in The Royal Mint’s ‘Music Legends’ collection, and follows coins in honour of Queen and Elton John. The latest coin celebrates rock’s definitive chameleon with a design inspired by an image of David Bowie from his time spent living and recording in Berlin. The coin’s design includes the iconic lightning bolt motif from Aladdin Sane, and captures Bowie’s career journey.

Using the latest innovative technology and manufacturing techniques, the lightning bolt that features on a number of the special edition coins appears laced with stardust to create a glitter effect - elevating the stunning detail of the coin.

Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint said, “We are thrilled to unveil the third coin in The Royal Mint’s ‘Music Legends’ series, honouring the intergalactic legacy and career of David Bowie. In recognition of Bowie’s first hit single ‘Space Oddity’, we felt it was fitting to send his coin into space and celebrate the Starman in his own pioneering fashion. David Bowie’s music has inspired and influenced generations of musicians and we hope this commemorative coin will be cherished by fans around the world.”

Born in Brixton, South London in 1947, Bowie started life as David Robert Jones. By the time he was 19 he had taken on his iconic name and began pursuing a career in pop music. Five days ahead of the Apollo 11 launch in July 1969, ‘Space Oddity’ was released in the United Kingdom. The single reached number five in the charts, making it Bowie’s first success as a writer and performer. David Bowie’s influence can be seen and heard everywhere and he continues to inspire hundreds of millions of musicians worldwide.

Available as limited-edition precious metal Proof editions and a standard Brilliant Uncirculated edition, the Brilliant Uncirculated coin is also available in three different slipcase covers exclusive to The Royal Mint – a fitting tribute to the career of one of British music’s most enduring icons. View the full collection on The Royal Mint’s website www.royalmint.com/DavidBowie

 

David Bowie 2020 UK Gold Proof Commemorative Coin Specifications

Coin title

David Bowie 2020 UK Quarter-Ounce Gold Proof Coin

David Bowie 2020 UK One Ounce Gold Proof Coin

David Bowie 2020 UK Two Ounce Gold Proof Coin

David Bowie 2020 UK Five Ounce Gold Proof Coin

David Bowie 2020 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

999.9 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

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Quality

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Edge Lettering

-

-

-

-

 

Additional Features

-

-

'High Relief

'Stardust' feature on bolt

'High Relief

'Stardust' feature on bolt

'High Relief

'Stardust' feature on bolt

Maximum Coin Mintage

1,400

400

100

60

11

RRP

£615.00

£2,425.00

£4,760.00

£11,815.00

£72,195.00

 

David Bowie 2020 UK Silver Proof Commemorative Coin Specifications 

Coin title

David Bowie 2020 UK Half Ounce Silver Proof Coin

David Bowie 2020 UK One Ounce Silver Proof Coin

David Bowie 2020 UK Two Ounce Silver Proof Coin

David Bowie 2020 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

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Quality

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Edge Lettering

 

-

THE STARS ARE NEVER FAR AWAY

-

-

Additional Features

-

-

'High Relief

'Stardust' feature on bolt

'High Relief

'Stardust' feature on bolt

Maximum Coin Mintage

13,500

8,100

550

500

RRP

£65.00

£97.50

£195.00

£520.00

 

David Bowie 2020 UK Brilliant Uncirculated Commemorative Coin Specifications

Coin title

David Bowie 2020 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin – Edition 1

David Bowie 2020 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin – Edition 2

David Bowie 2020 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin – Edition 3

David Bowie 2020 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin – Edition 4

Denomination

£5

£5

£5

£5

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

Cupro-Nickel

Cupro-Nickel

Cupro-Nickel

Cupro-Nickel

Weight

28.28g

28.28g

28.28g

28.28g

Diameter

38.61mm

38.61mm

38.61mm

38.61mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Quality

Brilliant Uncirculated

Brilliant Uncirculated

Brilliant Uncirculated

Brilliant Uncirculated

Edge Lettering

-

-

-

-

Maximum Coin Mintage

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Limited Edition Presentation

Unlimited

15,000

15,000

15,000

RRP

£13.00

£15.00

£15.00

£15.00

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