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UK's Royal Mint celebrates singer Elton John with new commemorative coin

UK's Royal Mint celebrates singer Elton John with new commemorative coin

FILE PHOTO: Elton John performs "(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again" from "Rocketman" during the Oscars show at the 92nd Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

Elton John on Monday (Jul 6) became the second artiste to be honoured by Britain's Royal Mint with a commemorative coin paying tribute to the decorated British singer.

The coin, designed by artist Bradley Morgan Johnson, depicts John's distinctive straw boater's hat, and fashions his trademark glasses out of a pair of musical notes.

Pad printed coins from the new commemorative Elton John coin collection released by Britain's Royal Mint are seen in this handout image obtained by Reuters on July 5, 2020. THE ROYAL MINT/ELTON JOHN/Handout via REUTERS Pad printed coins from the new competitive Elton John coin collection released by Britain's Royal Mint are seen in this handout image obtained by Reuters on July 5, 2020. THE ROYAL MINT/ELTON JOHN/Handout via REUTERS

"It really is a fabulous honour to be recognised in this way," John, 73, said.

"The last few years have contained some of the most memorable moments of my career, and this is another truly humbling milestone on my journey.”

READ: Queen is first British rock group to get a commemorative coin in the UK

John, who was knighted in 1998, is the second artiste to be commemorated under the Royal Mint's Music Legends series after rock band Queen in January.

A quarter-ounce gold proof coin's reverse from the new commemorative Elton John coin collection released by Britain's Royal Mint is seen in this handout image obtained by Reuters on July 5, 2020. THE ROYAL MINT/ELTON JOHN/Handout via REUTERS

He has sold more than 250 million records, with hits like Candle In The Wind, Your Song and Bennie And The Jets.

John has been forced to postpone a lengthy farewell tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A two ounce silver proof coin's carton from the new commemorative Elton John coin collection released by Britain's Royal Mint is seen in this handout image obtained by Reuters on July 5, 2020. THE ROYAL MINT/ELTON JOHN/Handout via REUTERS

The Royal Mint also said it was working with John to create a special one-off collectors piece to be auctioned later in the year, to raise money for charity at a time where many in the sector are struggling.

(Source: Reuters)

Source: Reuters/sr

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