This beautiful 1 Oz Silver coin is part of the “Legends of Music” series, dedicated to the greatest music legends of all times. In this edition – Michael Jackson. The coin features a wonderful stylized portrait of Michael Jackson, has a beautiful colouration with a Proof quality.
Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter and dancer. Dubbed the “King of Pop”, he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century and is also regarded as one of the greatest entertainers of all time. Jackson's contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. The eighth child of the Jackson family, Michael made his professional debut in 1964 with his elder brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon as a member of the Jackson 5. He began his solo career in 1971 while at Motown Records. In the early 1980s, Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music. His music videos, including those for “Beat It”, “Billie Jean”, and “Thriller” from his 1982 album Thriller, are credited with breaking racial barriers and transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool. Their popularity helped bring the television channel MTV to fame. Jackson's 1987 album Bad produced the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles “I Just Can't Stop Loving You”, “Bad”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, “Man in the Mirror”, and “Dirty Diana”, becoming the first album to have five number-one singles in the nation. He continued to innovate with videos such as “Black or White” and “Scream” throughout the 1990s, and forged a reputation as a touring artist. Through stage and video performances, Jackson popularized a number of complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk, to which he gave the name. His distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous artists of various genres.
The reverse of the coin presents a wonderful stylized portrait of Michael Jackson, by artist Sidney Maurer. All around the reverse, the inscriptions: “LEGENDS OF MUSIC” – the name of the series and “Sid Maurer Artwork of Michael Jackson” – the name of the artist and of the coin. The obverse of the coin portrays the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “ELIZABETH II” – the name of the Queen, “5 DOLLARS” – the face value, “2018” - the issue year, “SOLOMON ISLANDS” - the issue country, “1 Oz” – the weight of the Silver and “Ag999” the fineness of the Silver.