2020 Music Legends David Bowie One Kilogram Gold Proof Coin Certificate Number One
The first of a highly limited presentation of just 11: this one kilo gold proof coin is a celebration of David Bowie for the ultimate fan.
The Music Legends Series
British artists have been dominating and transforming the world of popular music for decades and its high time that extraordinary legacy was celebrated on coinage. The Royal Mint's Music Legends series aims to do just that with collections themed around some of the UK’s greatest acts.
The series launched in 2020 with collectible gold and silver coins starring rock band Queen. The same year saw a further release, inspired by Sir Elton John, followed by a slightly delayed third collection: a tribute to the late David Bowie.
Ever-eccentric, Bowie has inspired and enthralled since he released Space Oddity in 1969, gaining a new following with every reinvention. As Rolling Stone named him the 'Greatest Rock Star Ever' it was probably a given that Bowie would feature in The Royal Mint's series but we were still excited when the designs were revealed.
A Tribute to the Starman
The design that appears on the reverse of this one kilogram gold proof coin borrows some of the most recognisable imagery associated with Ziggy Stardust. The artist behind this work is Jody Clark whose portrait of Elizabeth II appears on the obverse of this piece. Speaking about his Music Legends design, Clark said:
‘I chose to work on an image of Bowie from the time in his career when he lived and recorded in Berlin. Behind his portrait I included the iconic and dynamic lightning bolt motif and I also added 27 stars to represent every one of the Starman's studio albums.’
A similar image appears on smaller gold and silver coins in the Music Legends series. The gold proof kilogram coin differs in that the lightning bolt has an unusual textured glitter effect.
For the No 1 Fan
David Bowie boasts eleven UK number-one albums and - appropriately - only 11 of these incredible 1 kg gold proof coins have been offered. This example is the first of the set, boasting a certificate of authenticity with the number 1. It's the ultimate Bowie collectors piece for the world’s number one fan.
Your gold proof coin weighs 1,005 grams and has a diameter of 100.00. It's composed of 999.9 fine gold and has a face value of £1,000. It comes in its original bespoke packaging from The Royal Mint with an information booklet, looking back on Bowie's career.
Also available right now: other gold kilo coins from the same issue. They’re just as exclusive but nothing beats a number one!
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