David Bowie has been launched into space (Picture: PA, Rex)
The Royal Mint has released a series of David Bowie coins, with the Starman’s metal likeness being launched into space to celebrate.
Starman by name, Starman by nature.
As part of its ‘music legends’ collection, one of the coins, a one ounce silver proof coin celebrating the Life On Mars? singer, was launched into space this week and orbited the Earth’s atmosphere for 45 minutes.
It safely descended to terra firma and is now being offered as a prize via the Royal Mint’s Facebook page, should any Bowie fans be keen on getting their hands on a real Space Oddity.
The latest coin celebrates legend Bowie with a design inspired by an image from his time spent living and recording in Berlin, and includes the iconic lightning bolt motif from Aladdin Sane.
Using innovative technology and manufacturing techniques, the lightning bolt that features on several of the special edition coins appears laced with stardust, to create a glitter effect.
There’s also a gold version (Picture: PA)
Just look at the glorious thing soaring majestically through the atmosphere (Picture: PA)
While the winner of the Bowie space coin will eventually be selected at random, fans can also buy the coins from the Royal Mint’s website.
Sure prices start at £13 for a brilliant uncirculated £5 coin, but for the more hardcore Bowie lovers among us you can splash out £72,195 for a UK kilo gold coin in a denomination of £1,000.
Ready for its close-up? (Picture: PA)
A maximum of 11 of the £72,195 gold coins will be minted, so you best act fast.
If you want something extravagant but, like, not ‘out of this world’ a five ounce Bowie gold coin is also available for £11,815, in a maximum mintage of 60 coins.
Bowie has channeled space his whole career after he released his iconic song Space Oddity five days ahead of the Apollo 11 launch in July 1969.
The icon died in 2016 (Picture: Erik Pendzich/REX)
The pioneering and influential singer died in 2016 following a battle with cancer.
The David Bowie commemorative coin is the third in the series and follows coins in honour of Queen and Sir Elton John.
Clare Maclennan, divisional director of commemorative coin at the Royal Mint, said: ‘We are thrilled to unveil the third coin in the Royal Mint’s music legends series, honouring the intergalactic legacy and career of David Bowie.
‘In recognition of Bowie’s first hit single Space Oddity, we felt it was fitting to send his coin into space and celebrate the Starman in his own pioneering fashion.
‘David Bowie’s music has inspired and influenced generations of musicians and we hope this commemorative coin will be cherished by fans around the world.’
Ground control to Major Tom, we have to get our mitts on one of those coins, stat!
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