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Commemorative coin: David Bowie on space flight

S.he did not float in a “tin can” into space, but on a drone: The commemorative coin released on Monday by the British royal mint, the Royal Mint, which is intended to honor the successes of David Bowie, who died in 2016. Inspired by his hits like “Starman”, “Life on Mars?” Or “Space Oddity”, it circled the earth’s atmosphere at an altitude of 35,656 meters for 45 minutes, celebrating Bowie’s intergalactic legacy before safely returning to Great Britain. It will soon be advertised as a prize for a competition for Bowie fans on the Facebook pages of the Royal Mint.

The David Bowie Commemorative Coin is the third in The Royal Mint’s Musical Legends collection, following coins honoring Queen and Elton John. The motif of the latest coin was inspired by a picture by Bowie from the time when he lived and worked in Berlin. The design of the coin includes the famous lightning motif of the 1973 album “Aladdin Sane”, which does not contain any of the well-known space songs, but the hit “The Jean Genie”.

Thanks to the latest manufacturing technology, the lightning symbol has a glitter effect – as if intertwined with stardust, it is said. One of the most famous incarnations of the always changeable Bowie and the basis of his fame was a fictional character called “Ziggy Stardust”.

“In recognition of David Bowie’s first single’ Space Oddity ’, we thought it was fitting to send this coin into space and celebrate the Starman in his own way as a pioneer. David Bowie’s music has inspired and influenced generations of musicians and we hope this commemorative coin will be loved by fans around the world, ”said Clare Maclennan, Director of Commemorative Coins for the Royal Mint.

The coin is available as a gold coin in five variants with face values ​​ranging from 25 to 1000 pounds at prices between 615 and 72,195 pounds. There are four versions of the silver variant, with face values ​​from one to ten pounds and prices between 65 and 520 pounds. There is also a standard brilliant uncirculated edition in four variants, three of which are limited, with three different slip-in sleeves at prices between 13 and 15 pounds.

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