2020 David Bowie - Music Legends 2 oz Silver Proof Coin
This two ounce silver coin is part of The Royal Mint's Music Legends Series. Only 550 of these David Bowie coins were issued. There were reports that all of these coins were sold within 20 minutes of launch and are highly collectable. Original launch price from the Royal Mint was £195, they are now reselling on auction sites for more.
The reverse of the coins feature a depiction of David Bowie with the iconic lightning bolt in the background. Unlike the rest of the coins in the series, the lightning bolt features a glittering stardust effect.
Each coin is struck from 999 fine silver and contains two troy ounces of the precious metal.
The coin comes presented in a wooden box, with a booklet and numbered certificate of authenticity from The Royal Mint.
David Bowie is one of the most influential musicians in modern history. He is best known for his creative style and innovative and continually evolving music, as well as his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust.
Born David Robert Jones in 1947, Bowie started playing the saxophone at an early age and showed an interest in modern jazz. For his early performances he used the stage name Davie (or Davy) Jones, but changed it to avoid confusion with the actor Davy Jones, who had found success with The Monkees. Bowie chose to name himself after the Bowie knife as 'it cuts both ways'.
Bowie has sold over 100 million records. Some of his best known works include Heroes, Life on Mars, Let's Dance, Changes and his collaboration with Queen on the song Under Pressure. He was also an accomplished actor, with performances in The Prestige, The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Snowman, Zoolander, Extras and 80's cult classic, Labyrinth.
The obverse bears the Jody Clark portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right. The text reads:
2020 · ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS
Designed by Jody Clark, the reverse features a left-facing portrait of David Bowie. The iconic lightning bolt appears in the background. Setting this coin apart from others in the commemorative series, the bolt is made up of tiny stars, which give a stardust glitter effect.
The word 'BOWIE' appears at the bottom, with stars in the upper field.
|Weight / Size||2 Ounce|
|Silver Weight Troy Ounces||2|
|Fineness / Carat||0.999 Fine|
|Obverse Designer||Jody Clark|
|Reverse Designer||Jody Clark|
|Issuing Monarch||Elizabeth II (1952 - Date)|
|Mint / Brand||The Royal Mint|
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