The Royal Mint has had huge success with its ‘Music Legends’ series of proof and bullion coins, which to date has enjoyed three issues. Kicking that series off was ;Queen‘, followed by ‘Elton John’, and ‘David Bowie’, all having some quite distinctive designs. The best of the designs to date has undoubtedly been the Elton John coin, which manages to encapsulate the artist in such a clever and unique way.
The musical giant has a long history of charitable work through his Elton John’s UK Charitable Foundation, helping over 100 organisations with financial and promotional support, and now he and the Royal Mint have collaborated to produce this one-off medallion, to be auctioned for the foundation.
Whether you like Elton’s music or not, there’s no arguing this is a simply stunning piece of numismatic art. The reverse design from the proof coin range is brought to life in part-gilded silver and looks phenomenal. The edge of the medallion is also gilded, and carries the name of the foundation. The obverse has five concentric rings of inscriptions lsiting out his favourite songs, in the centre of which is a gilded area carrying a reproduction of Elton’s signature.
It will be auctioned, starting later today and running through to the 6th May. It has a starting price of £12,000, but this will likely make a good six-figure sum given the musicians popularity and the industry he works in. The medallion weighs around five kilos, and is a huge 185 mm in diameter. It’s a wonderful idea, and a fantastic testament to the expertise of the Royal Mint and the tireless work of a music legend helping the less fortunate. A pleasure to bring to the site.
To bid in the auction, visit www.royalmint.com/elton-john-charitable-auction/