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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - The Great Air Race - Alliance P.2 Endeavour

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - The Great Air Race - Alliance P.2 Endeavour ) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - The Great Air Race - Alliance P.2 Endeavour ) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2019
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.71 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 9 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

The Great Air Race

Obverse

4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2019
1 DOLLAR
IRB

Designer: Ian Rank-Broadley

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS is a British sculptor who has produced many acclaimed works, among which are several designs for British coinage.

Reverse

A depiction of an Alliance P.2 Aircraft superimposed over a compass.

Lettering:
THE GREAT AIR RACE 1919 ENGLAND TO AUSTRALIA
ALLIANCE P.2
N
G G-FAOX
LT. ROGER M DOUGLAS LT. JS LESLIE ROSS

Designer: Stevan Stojanovic

Stevan Stojanovic is sculptor and coin designer with the Royal Australian mint.

Edge

7 shorter smooth segments between 7 reeded segments (11 grooves each)

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - The Great Air Race - Alliance P.2 Endeavour ) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia (1965-date)

Comments

This NCLT Aluminium-bronze $1 coin was released by the RAM as part of a set of eight coins. It was issued in a coincard inside a metal tin that resembles part of an aircraft engine. Only 10,000 sets will be issued at AU$130.00 per set.


The eight coin set is commemorating the Centenary of the "Great Air Race" that took place in 1919 when seven different aircrews and their aircraft attempted to be the first to fly between England and Australia in less than 30 days. A prize of £10,000 was announced by Australian Prime Minister Billy Hughes for the first Australian crew to make it home in a British-built plane. This is a map of the route taken.


This particular coin depicts the aircraft flown by Lt. Roger Douglas and navigated by Lt. Leslie Ross. Their Alliance aircraft, nicknamed the Endeavour,  was considered a strong contender with its powerful 450hp Napier engine, fully enclosed cabin and 3,000 mile range. Yet only minutes after take-off from Hounslow, the Alliance spiralled into an apple orchard, killing both men. This is the front & back of the coincard it was issued in.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2019  10,000 UNC in Coincard

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