While some artists are content with appearing on the occasional postage stamp, Queen have gone one better, sharing a British coin with the actual Queen, Elizabeth II.
It’s the first time ever that a band has been commemorated on an official Royal Mint UK collector’s coin.
The coin pays tribute to all four members of Queen, by showing their respective instruments. The three depressed keys on the piano apparently represent the opening notes of Bohemian Rhapsody.
“This is a big ‘Who could have imagined it?’ moment for us,” said Brian May of the coin. “When we began as Queen, even the first rung of the ladder to recognition seemed remote and unreachable. To have our band recognised and our music celebrated in this way is very touching – a real honour.”
“Marvellous, all this fuss over our band. I feel entirely spent,” added dad joke master Roger Taylor.
The design is the first in the Royal Mint’s new ‘Music Legends’ collection – more honourees will be unveiled in coming months – and was designed by the Royal Mint’s Chris Facey.
“My first memory of Queen was hearing Bohemian Rhapsody in the film Wayne’s World, and I’ve been a big fan ever since,” he said.
Hands up if you’re now feeling old…