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Queen join Queen Elizabeth on new British coin
Queen 2020 UK Half Ounce Silver Proof Coin. Limited Edition 17,500.

by Robin Millard



LONDON (AFP).- Rockers Queen have become the first band to be celebrated on British coinage, joining Queen Elizabeth II on a new coin unveiled Monday by the Royal Mint.

The iconic British group are hailed on a coin kicking off a Music Legends series being produced by the official mint.

It features Queen Elizabeth on the obverse or "heads" side as usual joined by Queen on the reverse.

The coin depicts the instruments played by lead singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bass guitarist John Deacon.

It shows Mercury's Bechstein piano and his trademark microphone, May's homemade electric guitar, Taylor's bass drum featuring the band's logo and Deacon's Fender Precision bass guitar.

The piano features three keys pressed down, representing notes from the melody of their 1975 landmark hit "Bohemian Rhapsody", when Mercury would cross hands to play a G and an F.

"Here we have the first ever Queen and Queen coin," said May, 72.

"To have our band recognised and our music celebrated in this way is very touching, a real honour."

Coins are an essential part of the Queen sound: May plays his guitar using old sixpence pieces as a pick.

Taylor, 70, joked that with all the fuss, "I feel entirely spent".

Camp theatrics
The coin's designer Chris Facey said he tried to represent the "musical democracy" within the band, in which all four members wrote classic hits.

"Freddie was flamboyant and his camp theatrics are a big part of Queen, but the band are more than just a frontman," he said.

"To reflect this sense of balance between them I created a design that featured each of their iconic instruments.

"And by making the instruments the focus, I wanted to convey Queen's skill as musicians as well as their passion for their craft."

With a face value of £5 ($6.50, 5.85 euros), the collectors' item coin costs £13 in its brilliant uncirculated form.

Meanwhile a £100 denomination one ounce gold version costs £2,020.

Taylor inadvertently became the first living person other than royalty to appear in a photograph on a British stamp.

He was in the background on a 1999 stamp featuring the late Mercury, issued as part of a Great Britons series.

Formed in 1970, Queen were a formidable act both live and in the studio, remembered for huge hits like "We Are The Champions" (1977)," Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (1979) and "Another One Bites the Dust" (1980), and stage performances like at the 1985 Live Aid concert.

Mercury died from AIDS-related pneumonia in 1991. Deacon retired in 1997.

Taylor and May are currently on tour in South Korea and Japan with US vocalist Adam Lambert.


© Agence France-Presse










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