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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - The Great Air Race - Blackburn Kangaroo

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - The Great Air Race - Blackburn Kangaroo) -  obverse 1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - The Great Air Race - Blackburn Kangaroo) -  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 Blackburn Kangaroo Aircraft superimposed over a compass.

Lettering:
THE GREAT AIR RACE 1919 ENGLAND TO AUSTRALIA
BLACKBURN KANGAROO
N
G G-EAOW
BURN KANGAROO
S
LT. V RENDLE CAPT. GH WILKINS LT. DR WILLIAMS LT GH POTTS

Edge

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

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - The Great Air Race - Blackburn Kangaroo)

© 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 four man crew of Lt. V Pendle, Capt. GH Wilkins, Lt. DR Williams & Lt. GH Pots. Pilot Rendle must have felt cursed when oil began spurting from the port engine of his Blackburn Kangaroo bomber soon after taking off from Crete. It was another frustration in a flight, so plagued with delays and mysterious equipment failures, that the crew began to suspect sabotage. The forced landing at Crete brought their race to an end, with the aircraft coming to rest beside a lunatic asylum. 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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