Elizabeth II (1952-date)
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The Great Air Race
4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara
A depiction of an Alliance P.2 Aircraft superimposed over a compass.
THE GREAT AIR RACE 1919 ENGLAND TO AUSTRALIA
LT. ROGER M DOUGLAS LT. JS LESLIE ROSS
7 shorter smooth segments between 7 reeded segments (11 grooves each)
© Mike Bentley
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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