100th Anniversary of the First World War Aviation 2017 UK BU coin

100th Anniversary of the First World War Aviation 2017 UK BU coin

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  • The only official UK coin commemorating the aviators of the First World War
  • Fully endorsed by Imperial War Museums
  • Part of The Royal Mint’s series commemorating the First World War ‘from outbreak to armistice’
  • Struck to Brilliant Uncirculated standard

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Product code: UK17W1BU


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Before, Beyond, Above

The first aircraft were wooden-framed fuselages covered with doped linen, with wooden wings attached and a basic cockpit. These aircraft were unreliable, crashed frequently and crews did not carry parachutes. Early engines were weak, making it difficult to become airborne with a man inside, while any weaponry added to the weight. In the early days of the war, fire was the airman’s worst enemy rather than enemy pilots.

As technology developed, air combat became an exciting form of warfare in the eyes of the press and the public. The exploits of fighter pilots, or ‘aces’, were particularly romanticised, portrayed as noble ‘gentlemen duellists’ in the skies above the horror of the trenches.

The edge lettering of this coin pays tribute to the first aviators to sacrifice their lives in the race for the skies, remembering the days of the war when ‘The Sky Rained Heroes&rsquo

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HMS Belfast: Explore all 9 decks of this iconic London landmark and hear the stories of her globetrotting quests through the memories of the brave crew who lived and worked on board.

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First World War Aviation BU

Denomination £2
Alloy Inner: Cupro-nickel - Outer:Nickel-brass
Weight 12.00g
Diameter 28.40mm
Reverse Designer Dan Flashman - Tangerine Design Agency
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Edge Inscription The sky rained heroes
Quality Brilliant Uncirculated

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Rated 5 out of 5
02 August 2017

Beautiful coin. Pictures don't really do it justice.
Fast and secure delivery so really happy with my order.

Will be keen to also get hold of whatever WW1 commemoration coin RM bring out in 2018.

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