2017 First World War Aviation £2 BU in Capsule

£15.00

  • Coin is supplied in a protective plastic Capsule
  • The only official UK coin commemorating the aviators of the First World War
  • Fully endorsed by Imperial War Museums
  • Part of The Royal Mints series commemorating the First World War from outbreak to armistice
  • Struck to Brilliant Uncirculated standard

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Description

The first aircraft were wooden-framed fuselages covered with doped linen, with wooden wings attached and a basic cockpit. These aircraft were unreliable, crashed frequently and crews did not carry parachutes. Early engines were weak, making it difficult to become airborne with a man inside, while any weaponry added to the weight. In the early days of the war, fire was the airman’s worst enemy rather than enemy pilots.

As technology developed, air combat became an exciting form of warfare in the eyes of the press and the public. The exploits of fighter pilots, or ‘aces’, were particularly romanticised, portrayed as noble ‘gentlemen duellists’ in the skies above the horror of the trenches.

The edge lettering of this coin pays tribute to the first aviators to sacrifice their lives in the race for the skies, remembering the days of the war when ‘The Sky Rained Heroes’

Additional information

Weight 49 g

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