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2017 First World War Aviation £2 Piedfort Silver Proof

UK17W1PF 2017 First World War Aviation £2 Piedfort Silver Proof Boxed
£75.00
The Royal Flying Corps began life as an ‘eye in the sky,’ and pilots were relied upon throughout the war for photographs from behind enemy lines, and creating reliable maps of an ever-changing landscape. The idea of pilots and the war in the sky often conjures up romantic notions of ‘the fighter ace,’ but at the beginning of the First World War, it was thought that aircraft would be used predominantly for observation and reconnaissance. However, flying was a dangerous job, and over 9,000 members of the British and Commonwealth flying services lost their lives. In honour of the contribution of the Royal Flying Corps, both the men in the sky and the women who contributed in the factories and drawing offices, The Royal Mint released a series of commemorative coins, including this piedfort silver proof Two Pound. The reverse is designed by the Tangerine Design Agency, led by Daniel Flashman. The design features a Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 plane, which was commonly used for reconnaissance, in recognition of this vital role which is often overlooked in favour of the fighter pilots. The clean lines of the plane and ground below are inspired by the aesthetics of blueprints and cartography, honouring the young women ‘tracers’ who produced blueprints for the ever advancing manufacturers, and the role pilots played in creating maps. The edge carries the inscription ‘THE SKY RAINED HEROES’ while the obverse features Jody Clark’s 2015 portrait of The Queen. Struck in .925 sterling silver with fine gold plating around the edge, this double thickness coin is one of 1,528 issued in this presentation. It weighs 24.00 grams and comes in the original Royal Mint packaging with its numbered certificate of authenticity.
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Obverse

Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by Jody Clark. Fifth official effigy. Legend around: 'ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · TWO POUNDS · 2017'.

Reverse

Artist: Tangerine Design Agency, Daniel Flashman.  Birds eye view of R.E.8 plane with cartographic map below. Legend: 'THE WAR IN THE AIR 1914-1918'. Edge inscription: 'THE SKY RAINED HEROES'.

Specification

24.00 grams of .925 sterling silver with band of fine gold plating. Diameter 28.40 millimetres. Face value £2 / Two Pound.

Presentation

One of 1,528 in this presentation. Presented in the original box with its numbered certificate of authenticity. 

Condition

The images provided of this product are stock photos. The coin you receive will be from the same issue and will have the same specifications. Some modern UK coins naturally develop toning or milk spots over time and these features may be present on the coin you receive. We cannot exchange coins displaying toning or milkspots.

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