DESIGNED AFTER THE STRAWBERRY WALRUS WEB SITE LOGO $14.00
A beautiful, unique, antique brass finish, metal, 40mm (1 ½ inch) coin with colorized face showing a Walrus standing behind the Strawberry Field gate with the signed changed to “Strawberry Field Forever.” In brass raised relief letters are “I Am The Walrus” and “1967.” On the reverse is a raised relief image of the Beatles with the wording “The Beatles, the British band formed in Liverpool in 1960, disbanded in 1970.” This coin is mounted in a 2 3/8 inch by 3 1/4 inch presentation case with color double header image of the coin (left) and triple image of John in different stages of his career (right). Your choice of either left or right.
Strawberry Fields Forever and I Am The Walrus were both released in 1967. Both were penned by John Lennon and are what many believe are his two greatest musical achievements.
"Strawberry Fields Forever" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles. It was released in February 1967 as a double A-side single with "Penny Lane". The song was written by John Lennon and credited to the Lennon–McCartney songwriting partnership. Lennon wrote the song in Almería, Spain, where he was filming a role in the anti-war comedy How I Won the War. He drew inspiration from his childhood memories of playing in the garden of Strawberry Field, a Salvation Army children's home near to where he grew up in Liverpool. Lennon identified "Strawberry Fields Forever" as his highest achievement as a member of the Beatles.
”I am the Walrus" is a song by the Beatles released in November 1967. It was featured in the Beatles' television film Magical Mystery Tour in December of that year, as a track on the associated British double EP of the same name and its American counterpart LP, and was the B-side to the number 1 hit single "Hello, Goodbye". Since the single and the double EP held at one time in December 1967 the top two slots on the British singles chart, the song had the distinction of being at number 1 and number 2 simultaneously. John Lennon received a letter from a pupil at Quarry Bank High School, which he had attended. The writer mentioned that the English master was making his class analyse Beatles' lyrics. (Lennon wrote an answer, dated 1 September 1967, which was auctioned by Christie's of London in 1992.) Lennon, amused that a teacher was putting so much effort into understanding the Beatles' lyrics, decided to write in his next song the most confusing lyrics that he could. The walrus refers to Lewis Carroll's poem "The Walrus and the Carpenter" (from the book Through the Looking-Glass). Lennon later expressed dismay upon belatedly realising that the walrus was a villain in the poem. Lennon claimed he wrote the first two lines on separate acid trips; he explained much of the song to Playboy in 1980: The first line was written on one acid trip one weekend. The second line was written on the next acid trip the next weekend, and it was filled in after I met Yoko ... I'd seen Allen Ginsberg and some other people who liked Dylan and Jesus going on about Hare Krishna. It was Ginsberg, in particular, I was referring to. The words 'Element'ry penguin' meant that it's naïve to just go around chanting Hare Krishna or putting all your faith in one idol. In those days I was writing obscurely, à la Dylan. [...] It never dawned on me that Lewis Carroll was commenting on the capitalist system. I never went into that bit about what he really meant, like people are doing with the Beatles' work. Later, I went back and looked at it and realized that the walrus was the bad guy in the story and the carpenter was the good guy. I thought, Oh, shit, I picked the wrong guy. I should have said, 'I am the carpenter.' But that wouldn't have been the same, would it? [Sings, laughing] 'I am the carpenter ...'