The Evening Standard newspaper has partnered with digital artist Trevor Jones and Apollo NFT to release a free, commemorative Ethereum non-fungible token (NFT) in celebration of King Charles III and Queen Camilla’s coronation on May 6. The NFT, titled “The Oath,” will be available on Nifty Gateway.
To claim the NFT, users can either access it directly on Nifty Gateway or scan a QR code featured in the newspaper and on billboards along Oxford Street. The NFTs will be minted and delivered to collectors’ wallets on May 7.
Charles Yardley, CEO of the Evening Standard, expressed pride in collaborating with Trevor Jones to mark this historic event for London. Jones’ NFT art captures centuries of tradition and history in a format that democratizes art for both artists and collectors.
Originally a physical painting by Jones in his Edinburgh studio, “The Oath” portrays Saint Edward’s Crown, which adorned Queen Elizabeth II during her 1953 coronation. Jones highlighted the environmental benefits of using Layer-2 protocols on the Ethereum blockchain, reducing the carbon footprint by 99.99%. He also emphasized the opportunity to introduce new collectors to the NFT art scene, which has experienced a downturn in recent years.
— Trevor Jones 🎨 (@trevorjonesart) May 4, 2023
By launching on Nifty Gateway, Jones aimed to simplify the process for collectors minting their first NFT, requiring only an email address to register an account. The Evening Standard follows other media outlets, such as TIME, GQ, and Playboy, in embracing Web3.
This NFT release comes after another collection, QueenE, which commemorated the life of Queen Elizabeth II, England’s longest-reigning monarch from 1952 to 2022. Jones’ previous collections include Bitcoin Angels, Man vs. Machine with rap icon Ice Cube, and Picasso’s Bull.