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British Royal Mint issues George Michael £5 coin

George Michael performing at a concert
George Michael performing at a concert Photo: Shutterstock

The Royal Mint has announced a limited edition £5 coin honoring the late singer George Michael.

The commemorative coin features the former Wham! lead singer wearing his signature sunglasses. It also includes a snippet of lyrics from his song “Faith,” released after he left the band to embark on a solo career.

One of the best-selling artists in the world, the gay icon came out in 1998.

Michael was arrested for performing “a lewd act” with another man in a Los Angeles public restroom shortly before coming out. British media had dunned him for years about his sexuality.

The singer died at the age of 53 in 2016 after battling a drug and alcohol addiction.

George Michael commemorative coin

“We are deeply honored that the Royal Mint is paying tribute to him by creating a series of beautifully crafted coins,” George Michael Entertainment said after the announcement. “He would have been enormously proud and genuinely touched that a national institution should have decided to pay tribute to his memory this way.”

Adam Lambert has expressed repeated interest in starring in a biopic about the late singer’s life.

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