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Entertainment

Web Desk
July 7, 2020

Elton John to be honoured by UK's Royal Mint with new commemorative coin

Entertainment

Web Desk
Tue, Jul 07, 2020
Elton John to be honoured by UK's Royal Mint with new commemorative coin

LONDON: Elton John has become the second artist to be honored by Britain's Royal Mint. 

It was reported on Monday that the celebrated British singer-songwriter will be paid a shining tribute through a commemorative coin dedicated to him.

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.

“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.”

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

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.

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.