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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - The Great Air Race - Martinsyde A1

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - The Great Air Race - Martinsyde A1) -  obverse 1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - The Great Air Race - Martinsyde A1) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2019
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.68 USD
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 9 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Centenary of 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
IRB
1 DOLLAR

Engraver: 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 a Martinsyde A1 Aircraft superimposed over a compass.

Lettering:
THE GREAT AIR RACE 1919 ENGLAND TO AUSTRALIA
MARTINSYDE A1
N
G-EAMR G
S
CAPT. CEDRIC E HOWEL LT. GEORGE H FRASER

Engraver: S. Stojanovic

Edge

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

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - The Great Air Race - Martinsyde A1)

© Mike Bentley

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 Capt. Cedric Howell and navigated by Lt. George Fraser. It is a mystery why decorated fighter pilot Cedric Howell and navigator George Fraser ditched into the dark stormy seas off the Greek island of Corfu. Perhaps they had lost their way or the fuel tanks of the Martinsyde A1 had run dry. Locals heard their cries for help , but the waves were too rough to send out a search party. Howell's body was later washed ashore, but Fraser's was never recovered.  This is the front & back of the coincard it was issued in.

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

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