Rocketman goes Bullionman as Elton John’s British coin debuts in cheaper, higher volume form

A surprise release last year, the Royal Mint debuted a new ‘Music Legends’ series of proof coins, taking the best of British musical talent for inspiration. Iconic band Queen were the first to do the business and were a smash hit. Following them came another giant of the music industry, Elton John. Queen appeared soon after in bullion coin form, and now the Elton design is also available in the more affordable, stackers format.

We’re not going to go into Queen and Elton John again, just check out our original articles, so we’ll concentrate on the coins themselves. A straightforward task as it is the usual 1 oz silver (0.999) and 1 oz gold (0.9999) versions that define popularity in this segment. Both have identical designs and we’re particularly impressed with the new microtext boundary holding a repeating date and composition inscription. A terrific way to make them less conspicuous, while enhancing the battle against counterfeiting.

Both are available to order now, from several of our sponsors in fact, The silver tops out at a mintage of 25,000, while the gold is limited to 2,500 units. A cool change from the usual bullion coin subjects.

SILVERSILVER
SILVERSILVER
SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $2 UKP £100 UKP
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver 0.9999 gold
WEIGHT 31.1 grams 31.1 grams
DIMENSIONS 38.61 mm 32.69 mm
FINISH Brilliant uncirculated Brilliant uncirculated
MODIFICATIONS None None
MINTAGE 25,000 2,500
BOX / C.O.A. No / No No / No