100th Anniversary of the First World War Aviation 2017 £2 Silver Proof Coin | The Royal Mint

100th Anniversary of the First World War Aviation 2017

UK £2 Silver Proof Coin

  • The only official UK coin commemorating aviators of the First World War
  • Fully endorsed by Imperial War Museums
  • Part of The Royal Mints series commemorating the First World War from outbreak to armistice
  • Struck in 925 Sterling silver to Proof standard
  • A Limited Edition Presentation of 3,500 coins
Price: £67.50
  • Awaiting Stock
  • Shipping late February
  • Product code: UK17W1SP
  • Limited Edition Presentation: 3500

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, with any weaponry adding 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 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’.

This coin is struck in 925 Sterling silver to Proof standard, in a Limited Edition Presentation of 3,500 coins.

Denomination £2
Maximum Coin Mintage 7000
Alloy Inner: .925 sterling silver. Outer: .925 sterling silver plated with fine gold
Weight 12.00g
Diameter 28.40mm
Reverse Designer Dan Flashman - Tangerine Design Agency
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Edge Inscription The sky rained heroes
Quality Proof
Year 2017
Pure Metal Type Silver

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