A Star Rises in the Third Release of the British Music Legends Series
The British Music Legends Series debuted in 2020 with a depiction of the instruments used by the greatest stadium rock band in world history, Queen. A popular British group, Queen gained international stardom. As the series has moved on, other homegrown British artists who started small in the UK and eventually garnered international acclaim have featured in the collection. Those artists include Elton John as the second release and now David Bowie in the third release and the first design in the 2021 date mark. Now available as a new collection of British silver coins, the David Bowie design joins the British Music Legends Series.
The Starman on the Reverse
In the reverse design of the new coins in the 2021 British Music Legends David Bowie release, the Royal Mint features an image of Bowie based on his Aladdin Sane album release in 1973. The portrait of Bowie captures him in a leather jacket with his body facing front and his head turned looking to the right. There is a field of stars in the upper left and the trademark “Bowie” script in the lower right. There is a large lightning bolt behind his figure. The edge of the design field includes a repeating inscription of “2021 Fine Silver 999.” Each coin has its own weight marked in this repeating inscription. With the 1 oz proof silver coin in this release, the lightning bolt in the background depicts the same that is painted across the face of Bowie on the album color. With full colorization on this one coin in the release, you will notice a red lightning bolt with a stripe of a blue-and-black.
Queen Elizabeth II on the Obverse
For the obverse design element of 2021 British Music Legends David Bowie coins, the mint features the definitive fifth-generation effigy of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen is shown here in right-profile relief in a design from Jody Clark. Created in 2015 by Jody Clark, the image features the Queen at the age of 89 with the George IV State Diadem Crown on her head. The background field of the BU coins in this release have the Royal Mint’s guilloche design element, while the proof coins have a clear, mirrored finish. The inscriptions include “Elizabeth II,” “D.G. Reg. F.D.,” and the individual face values in Pound sterling for each coin.
David Bowie Coin Options
The Royal Mint issues a variety of British Music Legends David Bowie Coins that include gold bullion, gold proof, silver bullion, silver proof, and a silver-clad coin for investors and collectors. Provident Metals is happy to offer the gold and silver coins in select BU and Proof weights. The following options are available from Provident Metals with the noted mintage figures and packaging options:
- BU 1 oz Silver Coin – With a limited mintage of 25,000 coins, the 1 oz Silver BU coin is the highest minted and comes in either individual flips, rolls of 20 coins, or boxes of 100 silver coins.
- BU 1 oz Gold Coin – One of the lowest mintages, there are just 2,500 coins available with individual plastic flips for each coin.
- Proof 1 oz Silver Coin – The only colorized coin in the series, the 1 oz silver proof has a limited mintage of 8,000 coins with a capsule, black presentation box, Certificate of Authenticity, and a colorized, themed shipper.
- Proof 1/2 oz Silver Coin – The highest minted proof coin, the 1/2 oz silver coin has a maximum mintage of 12,500 coins and similar packaging to the 1 oz proof. The coins are housed individually inside clear, acrylic displays with the same themed shipper as the 1 oz proof.
An Iconic Career
David Bowie’s career was one of the most memorable of any musician in the last 70 years. Bowie started his career in 1962 after studying art, music, and design. Born in Brixton, South London, United Kingdom, Bowie’s career was marked by his constant reinvention and his distinct visual presentation. He not only reinvented his sound from time to time, but he also reinvented his look and style. With countless platinum, gold, and silver certifications to his credit, Bowie’s albums earned a total of 11 distinct number-one releases.
Add the Starman to Your British Music Legends Series
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