Starting today, the Royal Mint will be selling coins engraved with Elton's spectacles and straw boater hat to commemorate his music career. This is the second of the Mint's Music Legend Series: The first was for Queen.
The range, which can be viewed or purchased via the Royal Mint's Web site, was designed by Norwich-based artist Bradley Morgan Johnson, who used a musical note design to create round-rimmed frames topped with a hat and bow tie, featuring a Union Jack flag background. The high-end coins in this collection include designs depicting a pulsating star pattern in the glasses' lens and a piano-patterned edge.
The goods are available to purchase in Gold proof, Silver proof and Brilliant Uncirculated editions. Prices range from 13 pounds for the Brilliant Uncirculated coin to 64,950 pounds for a Kilo Proof gold coin. In addition, Elton is working with the Royal Mint on a one-off version to be auctioned for charity.
The songwriter said: ''It really is a fabulous honour to be recognised in this way. 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.''