LONDON — You can’t always get what you want, but the Rolling Stones are happy to have a coin minted to commemorate their 60th year as a band.
Britain’s Royal Mint announced it is producing a 5-pound coin that pays tribute to the Stones, who formed in England in 1962.
The coin features a silhouette image of the band members in action, The Associated Press reported. The image includes lead singer Mick Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood, and the late drummer Charlie Watts, who died last year. It also includes a font of the band’s name from 1973. The coin does not include original bass player Bill Wyman, who left the group in 1993.
The coin also does not feature the band’s signature “Tongue and Lips” logo, which was created by John Pasche more than five decades ago, The New York Times reported. However, the staid, traditional officials at the Royal Mint did claim “Satisfaction Guaranteed” for anyone who bought the currency.
Mint officials added that it was one of the last coins of the year released that bears the image of the late Queen Elizabeth II, who died in September at age 96.
The Rolling Stones returned to live touring this year, with their “Sixty” tour ending in August, the AP reported.
“Our Music Legends series is creating a new generation of coin collectors,” Rebecca Morgan, director of collector services at The Royal Mint, said in a statement, according to CTV News. “We hope this provides a fitting tribute to the band’s 60 years of rock and roll music for their millions of fans across the globe … The Rolling Stones are U.K. rock legends, and we anticipate this coin being incredibly sought-after by coin collectors and music lovers alike.
“We are delighted to be honored by way of an official UK coin,” the band said in a statement included in the Royal Mint’s announcement. “Even more significant that the release coincides with our 60th anniversary.”
The new coin is the fifth in the Royal Mint’s “Music Legends” series. Others honored have been Queen, Elton John, David Bowie and The Who, according to the AP.
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