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The Who Coins

The Who is the latest UK rock band to be featured on commemorative £5 coins as part of the Music Legends series from the Royal Mint.


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The Who Coin Designs

The coin’s dynamic design includes some of the most iconic symbols from the band’s live and loud performances – including a union flag, Mod logo, and speaker-smashing Rickenbacker guitar.

Together, the symbols on the coin form a pinball table, a nod to the single Pinball Wizard and album Tommy, one of the band’s most famous creations. With the latest colour printing technology, elements of the coin have been digitally printed to showcase the vibrant red, white, and blue of the band’s emblem.

Using the latest innovative technology and manufacturing techniques, a number of coins will feature a special ‘shockwave’ effect, radiating from the speaker – elevating the detail of the coin.

Designers and craftspeople at the Mint have developed this effect in honour of The Who’s record-breaking loud concert – a record that was held for a decade.

Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint said

The Who are an iconic British band with an incredible musical legacy, so it felt right to honour them with an official UK coin. The Who coin is the latest in our show stopping Music Legends series, which celebrates legendary British artists through original new designs. It was a privilege to have Roger Daltrey visit the Mint to strike one of the first coins and meet the team of makers that have created this wonderful design. Our Music Legends series is engaging new generations of coin collectors, and we hope this design will become a cherished part of fans’ memorabilia.

Roger Daltrey, Co-founder and Lead Singer of The Who said

It’s an honour to have a coin produced to celebrate The Who’s musical legacy. The coin’s design captures the true essence of the band and what we represent. It was a fantastic moment being able to strike one of the very first pieces in the collection and see the range of technologies and processes involved in the making of the coin.

Pete Townshend, Lead Guitarist of The Who said

I am delighted that the band’s work is being recognised by this fantastic range of coins from The Royal Mint.

Music Legends Coins

Already released are coins celebrating David Bowie, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, and Queen (the Rock Band, not Her Majesty).

The Music Legends series of coins are each available in the following variants at the time of release.

The Who Brilliant Uncirculated Coins

The Who £5 coin

The Who £5 coin

BUNC Coin Mintage Figures

Description Limited Edition Presentation Maximum Coin Mintage
Brilliant Uncirculated £5 Coin Unlimited Unlimited
Brilliant Uncirculated £5 Coloured Coin 10,000 10,000

The Who Silver Proof Coins

The Who One Ounce Silver Proof Coin

Silver Coin Mintage Figures

Description Limited Edition Presentation Maximum Coin Mintage
Half-Ounce Silver Proof Coin 10,000 10,010
One Ounce Silver Proof Coin – Issue Price £97.50 8,010 8,110

The Who Gold Proof Coins

The Who Gold Coin

The Who Gold Coin

Gold Coin Mintage Figures

Description Limited Edition Presentation Maximum Coin Mintage
Quarter-Ounce Gold Proof Coin – Issue Price £595 1,000 1,010
One Ounce Gold Proof Coin 350 360

The Who Rock Band

The Who in 1965

Image Attribution: KRLA Beat/Beat Publications, Inc., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Royal Proclamation

Published by Royal Proclamation on the 30th April 2021. Metals include gold, silver and base coins. The base coin will be finished to Brilliant Uncirculated and be £5 in denomination.

Release date: Monday 24th May 2021.

Roger Daltrey

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The Who Coins Reverse Design

The reverse design will be a depiction of a Rickenbacker guitar-shaped pinball machine accompanied by the inscription “THE WHO”.

The Who Coins Obverse Design

For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription “· ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · ” the denomination in Pounds and the date of the year 2021. Some coins will have a grained edge.

Who is The Who?

The Who

The Who

The Who is an English rock band formed in London in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist and singer Pete Townshend, bass guitarist and singer John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon. They are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century and have sold over 100 million records worldwide. Their contributions to rock music include the development of the Marshall stack, large PA systems, the use of the synthesizer, Entwistle and Moon’s influential playing styles, Townshend’s feedback and power chord guitar technique, and the development of the rock opera. They are cited as an influence by many hard rock, punk rock, and mod bands, and their songs still receive regular exposure. Band Members:

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