A celebration of all things Bowie on a Five Ounce gold proof coin: part of the third collection in The Royal Mint's Music Legends series.
Royal Mint Music Legends
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 early 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 Five Ounce coin differs in that the lightning bolt has an unusual textured glitter effect.
999.9 Gold £500 Coin
Struck in 156.30 grams of 999.9 fine gold, this 50.00 millimeter Music Legends coin has a face value of £500. It's finished to proof standard using multiple strikes and hand polished dies.
Just 60 pieces were offered in this limited edition presentation, making this amongst the scarcest of the range which also includes a gold kilo coin and a range of smaller pieces in gold and silver.
We're offering this Five Ounce coin in its original presentation packaging from The Royal Mint. Sealed in its capsule, the coin is ensconced in a special all-black case. Also included: an information booklet and a numbered certificate of authenticity.
Precious Metal Content:
Elizabeth II (1952-2022)
£500 / Five Hundred Pound
Capital Gains Tax Status:
Proof - Boxed with certificate of authenticity
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