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John Lennon in gold for charity

June 9, 2011 – 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.

The Coin in honor of John Lennon.

The Coin in honor of John Lennon.

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!

Yoko Ono presenting the one-off strike of a John Lennon coin in 22 carat gold.

Yoko Ono presenting the one-off strike of a John Lennon coin in 22 carat gold.

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.

You can’t remember the lyrics or just want to hear the song “Imagine” one more time? Click here.

If you want to get more information on the Imagine appeal, its website might be of some help, look here.

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