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Elton John’s astounding career is getting some unique recognition. According to Billboard, the singer will be the first solo artist to be celebrated with an official U.K. coin.

The coins, created by The Royal Mint and Universal Music Group’s Bravado merch division, come in gold, silver, and non-precious metal. They range in price from £13 ($16.20) to £4,555 ($5,678). The one-kilo gold proof version has a price tag of £64,950 ($81,200).

Per Billboard, to create the pieces, “Designer Bradley Morgan Johnson uses musical notes to create an image of Elton’s trademark glasses, topped with a hat and bow-tie on a Union Jack background.” They add that they feature “Elton iconography from a 50-year-plus career which has yielded 50 Top 40 hits and more than 300 million albums sold worldwide.”

In a statement, Elton John said, “It really is a fabulous honor to be recognized in this way. The last few years have contained some of the most memorable moments of my career, and this is another truly humbling milestone on my journey.”

Elton John’s coins are the second in the Royal Mint’s Music Legends series, recognizing Britain’s most iconic musicians. They launched earlier this year with a Queen collection.

Elton’s commemorative coins officially launch today and can be purchased on the Royal Mint website.


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