David Bowie Coin Sent Into Space

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A little piece of the Starman was lifted into the heavens this week, when the U.K.’s Royal Mint went orbital with a special coin of the late, great David Bowie.

Earlier, the Mint pressed and released the collectibles which celebrate different stages in Bowie’s career, with each featuring the lightning bolt motif from the Aladdin Sane era.

There are several versions including limited edition gold coins, with prices ranging from £13 ($17) to £2,425 ($3,245), a “fitting tribute to the career of one of British music’s most enduring icons,” a statement from the Royal Mint reads.

The voyage itself was also a fitting one, for an artist who gave us “Starman,” “Space Oddity” and starred as the alien in The Man Who Fell to Earth.

According to the BBC, the one-ounce silver proof coin made a 45 minutes trip by balloon to the edge of space before safely returning to the earth. It’s to be offered as a competition prize on the Royal Mint’s Facebook page.

Bowie died in 2016, following a battle with cancer. He was 69. His last album, Blackstar, released just days prior to his passing, gave Bowie a posthumous No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, won Grammys and Brit Awards, and is widely regarded as one of his finest works.

Bowie is the third to feature in the Royal Mint’s “Music Legends” collection following Queen and Elton John, both issued earlier in 2020.

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