The legendary rock band have had quite the last year or so with the box office and awards success of Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Now Queen and Adam Lambert are off on their world tour, having just played this weekend in Seoul, South Korea. And this week the band have made a historic first.
It was announced today by the Royal Mint that Queen will become the first band ever to be celebrated on an official UK coin.
If anything such a move is rather fitting considering that there with be a Queen on both sides.
The commemorative coin pays tribute to all four members of the band in Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon, by portraying each member’s instrument.
It marks the first of The Royal Mint’s Music Legends collection and is available in Gold Proof, Silver Proof and Brilliant Uncirculated.
Prices range from £13 for the Brilliant Uncirculated coin all the way up to £2,200 for the Gold proof version.
As Queen embark on their 2020 tour dates with Adam Lambert, the trio have shared how the Bohemian Rhapsody film has reignited interest in and popularity around the band.
Speaking at the Korean press conference last week, May said: “The news got to us that [Bohemian Rhapsody] was a huge success in this country, which is wonderful. And as Roger said, it has definitely brought a new generation to us, which is very exciting.
“It’s a wonderful feeling that the film has generated. We feel it, we feel things have changed and it’s given us a new life in a sense.”
While Taylor said: “The movie’s basically true. It was very difficult to make. But in the end, I think, with many consultations between us and the producers and actors, we were very happy with the way the movie came [about].
“But we didn’t know if the movie would be a success or not. And then we were so pleased and so happy when it was a success around the world as it was. It was very, very heartwarming and we’re just delighted.
“You don’t know, it’s a lottery when you make a film, especially a film about your career and you don’t know what’s going to happen.
“It’s just throwing it into the world and it came back fantastic, we’re very, very happy.”