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George Michael was honored with a UK collectible coin by Reuters

George Michael was honored with a UK collectible coin by Reuters

© Reuters. George Michael at the Freddie Mercury Tribute for AIDS Awareness in London 04/20/1992 REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

LONDON (Reuters) – The late British singer-songwriter George Michael will be honored with a personalized collectible coin.

The United Kingdom's Royal Mint released a new coin on Monday depicting Michael wearing a pair of signature sunglasses, paying homage to the music star's 1987 hit single “Faith.”

Officially endorsed by Michael's Estate, it was designed by artist and sculptor Sandra Deiana.

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

In the 1980s Wham! Michael rose to stardom! He died on Christmas Day 2016 at the age of 53, before embarking on a successful solo career.

The new coin is the latest addition to the Royal Mint's “Music Legends” series, which has honored David Bowie, Elton John and Queen, and will go on sale from Monday.

(Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian)

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