The Watchful and Vigilant Sea King – A Powerful Symbol of Hope
Formed in the early days of aviation, today the Royal Air Force is recognised all over the world for its capability, courage and innovation. 100 years on from its formation, The Royal Mint has struck an exciting five-coin series, released throughout 2018, to commemorate this milestone. The penultimate aircraft featured in the series, the powerful Sea King, reminds us of the life-saving work the RAF carries out in the most extreme situations.
A beacon of hope to those in need who catch a glimpse of the bright yellow helicopter, artists Richard and Neil Talbot have captured the Sea King in action on the reverse of this coin. This edition of the £2 coin is finished to Brilliant Uncirculated standard, a finer finish than the circulating coins you will find in your change. His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge famously piloted the Sea King, and a quote detailing his experience is included in the specially designed packaging that has been created in collaboration with the RAF.
It’s not too late to expand your RAF Centenary coin collection with the coins featuring the badge of the RAF, the swift and deadly Spitfire, the revolutionary Lightning II or the powerful and graceful Vulcan, all released earlier this year.