The Elton John £5 coin has been issued as part of the Music Legends series. The coin has not been released in to circulation and will be popular with music fans, Elton John fans and coin collectors alike.
History of the coin
The £5 coin is also called a Crown. These were issued to commemorate mainly Royal achievements, but now also include British achievements and anniversaries too.
When the first Crown was issued in 1953, to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, it was worth 5 shillings and it wasn’t until 1990 that it was worth £5. Although these coins are not circulated, they are still legal tender. Some shops and banks do not accept them, however, and you’re unlikely to find one in your change.
About Elton John
Elton John is one of Britain’s most well-known, and well-respected music artists.
Born Reginald Dwight, he is a singer, songwriter, pianist and composer, and was knighted in 1998.
His first album was released in 1969 and he has since released 30 albums, as well as collaboration albums and soundtracks. He has had over 40 singles in the UK singles charts, including seven Number 1s. One of his best selling singles was his tribute ‘Candle in the Wind 1997’, which was dedicated to Princess Diana. This sold over 33 million copies all around the World.
His awards include 5 Grammys, 5 Brit Awards, 2 Golden Globes and 2 Academy Awards. These were for ‘Can you Feel the Love Tonight’ from the Lion King and ‘I’m Gonna Love Me Again’ from his biopic Rocketman.
How many Elton John £5 coins were made?
The Elton John £5 coin has not been released in to circulation, and are only available as limited edition collectors coins.
Design and Designer
The coin shows the boater, glasses and bow tie which Elton John is known for. The glasses are in the shape of 2 music notes and his name appears across the middle. At the rear of the design is an outline of the Union Jack.
- Obverse design:
Jody Clark’s most recent portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
- Designer: Bradley Morgan Johnson
Bradley Morgan Johnson is a concept designer and digital sculptor who has also worked on the British Alphabet 10p set.
He worked for over 10 years as an Architectural Draughtsman, unit 2012, when he retrained to work in Film and Game production. He has created many models and figures, and his work now includes Star Trek Discovery, Star Wars and Lego characters.
Prior to 2012, he worked on concept and design development for a number of projects around the world, including the Diamond Tower in Istanbul and O.S.E. Shopping Centre in Shanghai.
The Elton John £5 has not been released in to circulation.
- Brilliant uncirculated colour coins are available
- 14,000 Silver Proof coins were produced