A coin commemorating George Michael, who lived and died in the south Oxfordshire village of Goring, has been released by the Royal Mint.

The collectable coin, part of the Mint's Music Legends series, follows on from coins honouring David Bowie, Sir Elton John and Queen.

It showcases the late singer's iconic look from his debut solo album 'Faith', and has been designed by artist and sculptor Sandra Deiana.

Oxford Mail: One of the George Michael commemorative coinsOne of the George Michael commemorative coins (Image: PA)

It features a headshot of Michael sporting his characteristic sunglasses, complemented by an engraving of the chorus from 'Faith'. Notably, a selection of the coins feature touches of red and black.

The Royal Mint confirmed that the coin has received official approval from Michael’s estate.

Ms Deiana said: "From the beginning of the project, I was clear about certain elements that I wanted to incorporate into the design.

"I wanted a detailed portrait that captured his charismatic expression – I was particularly thinking of his iconic sunglasses.

“It’s amazing to be able to pay tribute to his music and what you see in the design is truly a piece of George Michael’s song.”

Oxford Mail: One of the George Michael commemorative coinsOne of the George Michael commemorative coins (Image: PA)

The coin's release comes after Wham!'s single 'Last Christmas' topped the UK charts 39 years after its first release.

This achievement made chart history, marking the longest journey to the Christmas number one, as confirmed by the Official Charts Company.

Rebecca Morgan, director of collector services at the Royal Mint said: "From his debut with Wham! to becoming one of the bestselling solo musicians of all time, George Michael is a global superstar whose work has inspired and influenced generations with his music and his unique style.

“Loved by millions of fans worldwide, we are delighted to be introducing an official UK coin celebrating his life and legacy.”

Michael, who passed away on December 25 2016 at the age of 53, is remembered not only for his music success but for his philanthropic endeavours too.

His rise to fame began in the 1980s with the formation of Wham!, alongside Andrew Ridgeley.

Their debut album 'Fantastic' was released in 1983, and the duo went out by staging their farewell gig at London's Wembley Stadium in 1986.

A statement from George Michael Entertainment said that they were, "deeply honoured that the Royal Mint is paying tribute to him by creating a series of beautifully crafted coins."

The commemorative coins are available for purchase from the Royal Mint’s website.

Prices for the coins start at £15.50 for a £5 denomination brilliant uncirculated coin, with a colour version available for £24.50.

A two ounce gold coin, with a denomination of £200, is listed at £5,305.