The Who’re being honoured with commemorative cash by The Royal Mint.
The ‘Pinball Wizard’ hitmakers comply with within the footsteps of Queen, Sir Elton John and David Bowie who’ve been recognised with the official financial honour as a part of the UK coinmakers’ ‘Music Legends’ sequence.
Frontman Roger Daltrey gave their coin its seal of approval by hanging the primary one.
The design boasts a union flag, Mod emblem and speaker-smashing Rickenbacker guitar within the type of a pinball desk, a nod to their 1969 hit ‘Pinball Wizard’ from their rock opera LP ‘Tommy’ and the imagery used at their dwell performances.
The coin is partially digitally printed to “showcase the colourful crimson, white and blue of the band’s emblem”.
A restricted variety of cash will characteristic a “particular ‘shockwave’ impact, radiating from the speaker – elevating the element of the coin”, a reference to The Who holding the file for the loudest live performance for a decade.
Daltrey mentioned in a press launch: “It’s an honour to have a coin produced to have a good time The Who’s musical legacy. The coin’s design captures the true essence of the band and what we symbolize. It was a implausible second having the ability to strike one of many very first items within the assortment and see the vary of applied sciences and processes concerned within the making of the coin.”
Guitarist Pete Townshend added: “I’m delighted that the band’s work is being recognised by this implausible vary of cash from The Royal Mint.”
Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint, commented: “The Who’re an iconic British band with an unbelievable musical legacy, so it felt proper to honour them with an official UK coin. The Who coin is the newest in our present stopping Music Legends sequence, which celebrates legendary British artists by way of authentic new designs. It was a privilege to have Roger Daltrey go to the Mint to strike one of many first cash and meet the crew of makers which have created this excellent design. Our Music Legends sequence is participating new generations of coin collectors, and we hope this design will grow to be a cherished a part of fan’s memorabilia.”