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 a Sopwith Wallaby Aircraft superimposed over a compass.
THE GREAT AIR RACE 1919 ENGLAND TO AUSTRALIA
CAPT. GEORGE C MATTHEWS SGT. THOMAS D KAY
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 Capt. George Matthews and Mechanic Sgt. Tom Kay. They were the first to leave London, but made the mistake of setting course for Germany, becoming hopelessly snowbound for weeks. In Yugoslavia they were arrested as spies and held for four days on a pig farm. After their captors drank themselves into a stupor, the aviators made their escape and took off with bullets whizzing past their ears. They crash landed in a sandstorm and survived dengue fever, before engine failure forced them down in Bali. They were only 1 days flight away from Darwin. This is the front & back of the coincard it was issued in.
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