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2016 $20 FINE SILVER COIN – AIRCRAFT OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR SERIES: CURTISS H-12

$99.95

2016 $20 FINE SILVER COIN – AIRCRAFT OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR SERIES: CURTISS H-12

$99.95
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Aircraft technology was barely a decade old when the First World War began in 1914, but the needs of warfare quickly fuelled incredible advancements in aviation. This Aircraft of the First World War coin series concludes with a tribute to the Curtiss Model H-12 flying boat, which was flown by Canadian aircrew serving in the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) during their anti-submarine and anti-zeppelin patrols over the North Sea.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:
SRP: $99.95
Item Number: 150240
UPC: 6-23932-07582-5
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Mintage: 7,500
Weight (g): 31.83
Diameter (mm): 40
Face Value: $20
Finish: Proof
Edge: Serrated
Artist: David A. Oram
Packaging: Maroon clamshell with black beauty box

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Third and final coin in an unforgettable 3-coin series that shines the spotlight on aircraft flown by Canadian combatants during the First World War.
  • Painstakingly engraved in stunning detail and enhanced by the use of selective colour: The reverse presents a historically accurate depiction of a fiery encounter between a Curtiss H-12 and Zeppelin L-22 over the North Sea.
  • This 1 oz. coin is 99.99% fine silver and with a mintage limited to 7,500 coins.
  • Celebrates the daring, pioneering spirit of Canadians who took to the sky and helped steer the course of aviation history!
  • Sure to be treasured by collectors and aviation enthusiasts for its artistic merit and historical theme, this striking coin is also a deeply meaningful gift for those whose loved ones proudly served their country abroad, whether on land or in the air.

DESIGN:
The reverse design by Canadian artist David A. Oram features an engraved rendering of the fateful encounter on May 14, 1917, between a Curtiss H-12 (foreground) and the Zeppelin L-22 (background). Heavy cloud cover is evident in the engraved background, where a break in the clouds reveals the North Sea below. In the foreground, selective colour recreates the light colours of the H-12 piloted by Flight Sub-Lieutenant (later Air Marshal) Robert Leckie of Toronto, with an attention to detail that is made evident by the inclusion of the identifying number “8666” and the blue, white and red stripes and roundels used by the Royal Naval Air Service. The detailed engraving only adds to this, recreating the smooth lines of the H-12’s laminated wood veneer hull and sponsons, all while capturing the finer details on the wings and the twin mounted engines in the interplane gap. With two crewmembers manning the aircraft’s front and mid-ship guns, the H-12 banks away from the L-22 after opening fire. The engraved zeppelin can be seen with its rear exploding into flames, mere moments before the L-22 becomes the first zeppelin shot down by a flying boat.

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