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George Michael honored with collectible British coin – FBC News

George Michael honored with collectible British coin – FBC News

[Source: Reuters]

The late British singer-songwriter George Michael has been honored with a personalized coin.

The new coin, which depicts Michael wearing his famous sunglasses, is a tribute to the music star's 1987 hit single “Faith,” the Royal Mint said Monday.

Officially approved by Michael's estate, it was designed by artist and sculptor Sandra Diana.

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From his debut with WHAM! Rebecca Morgan, Director of Collectors Services at the Royal Mint, said: “George Michael has become one of the best-selling solo musicians of all time, a global superstar whose work has inspired and influenced generations with his music and unique style.”

“He is beloved by millions of fans around the world, and we are delighted to introduce an official British coin celebrating his life and legacy,” she said in a statement.

Michael, who rose to stardom in the 1980s with Wham! Before embarking on a successful solo career, he died on Christmas Day 2016 at the age of 53.

I got the song Wham! 1984's enduringly festive hit 'Last Christmas' finally hit the Christmas Number 1 spot for the first time on the UK music charts in December, 39 years after its release.

The new coin is the latest addition to the Royal Mint's 'Legends of Music' series, which has previously honored David Bowie, Elton John and Queen with coins, and will be available to buy from Monday.