- Title: Royal mint coins honour 'The Who'
- Date: 24th May 2021
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (MARCH 13, 2019) (REUTERS) THE WHO BAND MEMBERS, PETE TOWNSHEND (L, SAT ON SCOOTER) AND ROGER DALTREY (R, STANDING UP) POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS IN LONDON'S WEMBLEY STADIUM PHOTOGRAPHERS TOWNSHEND AND DALTREY POSING, JOKING ABOUT NOT HAVING SEEN EACH OTHER TOWNSHEND AND DALTREY IN MIRROR REFLECTION SPEAKING TO REPORTER VARIOUS DALTREY AND TOWNSHEND SPEAKING TO REPORTER NUMBER PLATE OF SCOOTER READING (English): "THE WHO" VARIOUS OF TOWNSHEND AND DALTREY POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS ON/NEXT TO SCOOTER
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- Keywords: Royal Mint The Who coin rock music
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- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Arts/Culture/Entertainment,Europe,Music
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- Story Text: Rock band The Who have been honoured by Britain's Royal Mint with a commemorative coin range paying tribute to them.
Designed by Henry Gray, the coin features symbols linked to the English band, including a Rickenbacker guitar and a union flag.
Founder and lead singer, 77-year-old Roger Daltrey, visited The Royal Mint in Llantrisant, South Wales, to help make one of the first coins and see the process in action.
''When I first saw the design, I thought how imaginative..'' he said during the trip, saying it sums up the band in ''one visual''.
''There's obviously the guitar because it was the band that started the power chords - Pete Townshend's power chords and it's also got indications of a pinball machine...I just think I think it's a great design.''
Founded in London in 1964, The Who are known for hits including ''My Generation" and "Pinball Wizard.'' The band's current members are Daltrey and guitarist and composer Pete Townsend.
They are the fourth act to be honoured by the Royal Mint as part of their ''music legends'' series, which has also seen Queen, Elton John and David Bowie given a special coin.
''I'm proud of everything The Who have done,'' said Daltrey.
''I think we've been true to our roots. We are not one of the most popular bands in the world....it's an acquired taste....We're unique. And I'm glad that this coin is unique too''.
(Production: Sarah Mills)
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