Queen are set to be the face of a brand-new PS5 coin, stimulating them the first band ever to be honoured on a UK currency.
Available from today( January 24 ), the design is the first in The Royal Mint’s new’ Music Legends’ collection.
The coin commemorates all four members of the band through the portrayal of each member’s instrument, with the Bechstein grand piano- which the late Freddie Mercury played on’ Bohemian Rhapsody’- featuring at the priorities in the coin. You can view the coin below.
The group’s logo is placed at the centre of the design and is underscored by the singer’s signature mic stick.
Brian May’s’ Red Special’ guitar- which he still plays use an old-time sixpence to give his unique clang- likewise features alongside John Deacon’s Fender Precision Bass while Roger Taylor’s Ludwig bass drum is embellished with the Queen crest, as it appeared in the band’s early days.
In a statement May, said: “This is a big’ Who could have imagined it? ’ moment for us. When we began as Queen, even the first reverberate of the ladder to acknowledgment seemed remote and unreachable. To have our band recognised and our music celebrated in this way is very touching- a real honour.”
Taylor added: “Marvellous, all this fuss over our ensemble. I feel alone spent.”
The memorial coins are priced at PS13 for an uncirculated coin right up to PS2, 100 for a gold proof coin. You can purchase them here.
Meanwhile, Queen are performing a benefit concert for Australian bushfire succour at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on February 16, alongside Alice Cooper, k.d. lang, Olivia Newton-John, Daryl Braithwaite and John Farnham.
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