John Lennon in gold for charity
from Coins Weekly
A one-off strike of the GBP 5 John Lennon silver coin in 22 carat gold is to be auctioned by the Imagine Appeal. The auction will be conducted by Bonham’s on 29th June.
Numismatic history was made last year when the production of a new Alderney GBP 5 coin that featured the portrait of music legend John Lennon on the reverse side was issued for sale. The coin, released on what would have been Lennon’s seventieth birthday in 2010, is part of the ‘Great Britons’ series of silver GBP 5 coins depicting famous Britons from history. John Lennon was selected from six great Britons by a public online poll, which saw over 30,000 members of the public vote and the former Beatle receiving 92% of the votes!
To complement the unique aspect of this numismatic first, the Royal Mint struck a one-off, 22 carat gold version of the GBP 5 silver coin. This is now being auctioned by the Alder Hey “Imagine” appeal of which Yoko Ono is a Patron, to benefit the work of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. Funds raised through the appeal helps the renowned children’s hospital to continue its pioneering work, to develop facilities, and to offer the very highest standards of care to its young patients.
The coin, a unique specimen minted in pure gold, will go under the hammer on the 29th June and will be conducted by Bonham’s in London, look for lot number 337. It is expected that there will be a tremendous amount of interest generated in both the numismatic industry and from those who are avid collectors of Beatles memorabilia.
Lennon’s iconic sixties image was designed by sculptor Danuta Solowiej-Wedderburn with the now familiar Ian Rank-Broadley profile of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse. The coin is dated “2010” and weighs 38 grams of .999 fine gold with a diameter of 38.6 mm. Struck as a proof piece, this coin is truly worthy of being described as a museum quality acquisition.
If you want to participate in the online auction you will find lot 337 here.
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alloy 22 carat gold, weight 39.94g, diameter 38.61mm, maximum coin mintage one, in fitted Royal Mint presentation case and box
Estimate: £1,000 – 1,500, € 1,100 – 1,700
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Designed by Danuta Solowej-Wedderburn, this was struck by the Royal Mint in 2010, following a poll to shortlist the next ‘Great Briton’ to feature on a limited edition coin. John Lennon was voted as the winner, with Jane Austen and Sir Walter Raleigh amongst the list of possibles. The silver proof coin sold out in a matter of days and as a gesture of thanks for the support Yoko Ono had shown the campaign, the Royal Mint struck this unique gold coin.
Presented to Yoko Ono and to be sold on behalf of the Alder Hey ‘Imagine’ Appeal, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool.
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Yoko Donates Gold Lennon Coin to Alder Hey IMAGINE Appeal for auction
A unique 22 carat gold version of the new John Lennon £5 coin has been donated by Yoko Ono to Great Britain’s Alder Hey Hospital’s Imagine Appeal for auction next year to raise money.
The coin is part of the British Royal Mint’s Great Britons series of £5 silver Alderney coins.
Lennon was chosen to accompany in the series such luminaries of history as Winston Churchill by choice of the British public.
A Royal Mint public poll this summer nominated Lennon as the historical figure most deserving of a place in coin history. The poll saw over 30,000 votes cast and just over 92 percent of them nominated the Beatle.
The gold Lennon coin will be sold by Bonhams auction house in June 2011.
Yoko Ono said: “In the year when my husband John would have been 70 I am thrilled that the British public voted him top of their list of Great Britons. This special one-off gold coin, made by the Royal Mint, is being donated to Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool, of which I am a patron. This amazing place, one of Europe’s biggest and busiest children’s hospitals, is very close to my heart and I hope that they can auction this coin and use the proceeds from it to help continue the incredible care and support they provide for children in the North West and all of Europe.”
During the festive season when children should be at home with their families, approximately 26,000 young people will visit or spend some time at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. Some are even faced with the prospect of spending Christmas and New Year on the wards, but with your support we can make sure that this time is made as ‘Christmassy’ and fun as possible. Please help us by giving a donation and sending a holiday greeting to our young patients through this site.
Donating through this site is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. The Imagine Appeal will receive your money faster and, if you are a UK taxpayer, an extra 28% in tax will be added to your gift at no cost to you.
Many thanks for your support!
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The Royal Mint Great Briton winner is – John Lennon
In July 2010 the Royal Mint asked you to chose your favourite Great Briton from a short list of six influential people in British history.
From thousands of votes John Lennon has emerged the overall winner, beating the likes of Jane Austen, Sir Walter Raleigh and Emmeline Pankhurst. As promised, the Royal Mint has now produced a new coin featuring YOUR Great Briton – John Lennon.
John Lennon – inspiring, controversial, passionate and complex. He is, without doubt, one of the great musical giants of the twentieth century. He left a legacy that goes far beyond the global reach of his music. His powerful message of peace and love which manifests through his artistic talent continues to uplift and inspire us.
John Lennon won by a landslide 27,874 out of 30,267 votes, in front of (in order) Jane Austin, Emmeline Pankhurst, John Logie Baird, Douglas Bader, Walter Raleigh.