George Michael depicted on a commemorative coin

George Michael depicted on a commemorative coin

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Even the Mint of His Majesty Charles III does not forget its pop and rock stars. Now, after paying homage David Bowie, Elton John and Queen (inserted in the collection Music Legends ), it’s time to remember George Michael as he revealed the Royal Mint which from Monday will put a new collector’s coin depicting the pop star on the market.

The piece features a close-up of the artist in his iconic sunglasses and a cut of the chorus of his song “Faith.” The black and red colors appear on part of the coin and were chosen because they are that mainly used during his career.”

Sandra Deiana, the coin’s designer explained that she wanted “a detailed portrait that captured his charismatic expression. I thought in particular of his iconic sunglasses.”

From the George Michael Entertainment they said they were “deeply honoured” by the Royal Mint’s tribute. They also added that the singer would be “enormously proud and sincerely moved that a national institution has decided to pay homage to his memory in this way.”

Steve Stunt, of the George Michael Appreciation Society in Bushey (Body that helps keep George’s memory alive and raise funds for charities close to his heart) said he had requested a collectible coin of the singer from the Royal Mint several times in recent years.

“From his debut with Wham to becoming one of the best-selling solo artists of all time, George Michael is a global superstar who has inspired and influenced generations with his music and signature style,” he said Rebecca Morgan of the Royal Mint.

Born in Goring-on-Thames on 25 June 1963 to a Greek family, George Michael grew up in Hertfordshire (a county in the east of England) where he moved in the 1970s with his family and died in London on Christmas Day of 2016.

At the school in Bushey, the town where he lived, he met Andrew Ridgeley with whom he founded i. in 1981 Wham!. The singer-songwriter has a plaque honoring him at Bushey Meads School.

George Michael was a great friend of Lady Diana.

Last November, one of the singer’s jackets was auctioned alongside more than 200 pieces of music memorabilia, including a leather jacket worn by Michael Jackson and a lock of hair that belonged to Amy Winehouse. The La Rocka jacket! worn by the late singer in the 1987 music video ‘I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)’, alongside Aretha Franklin, sold for £93,750.