2016 Aircraft of WWI – S.E.5a 1oz Silver
2016 Aircraft of WWI – S.E.5a 1oz Silver: Planes were still a rare sight in the sky when the world was plunged into war in 1914. The “flying machines” seemed to have little use, but the ever-evolving tactics of war quickly propelled them from rickety canvas-over-wood reconnaissance planes to full-fledged aerial combat weapons that engaged in spectacular dogfights.
This exciting new coin series features three of the most successful Allied fighter planes of the First World War, beginning with the British-built Royal Aircraft Factory S.E. 5a. Introduced in 1917, this biplane was on the front lines of innovation. It could fly up to 222 km/h and remain airborne for more than two hours, two factors that enabled the Allies to regain and maintain air superiority until the war’s end in 1918.
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 technology. As Canadian pilots and “aces” soared through the sky in aircraft such as the Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a, they played an important role in a new era that shaped modern warfare and ultimately redefined industry and transportation.
- Coin 1: Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a
- Coin 2: Sopwith Triplane
- Coin 3: Curtiss H-12 – released Sept 2016
- Coin Metal: 9999 pure silver
- Coin Weight: 1oz (31.83g)
- Coin Finish: Proof
- Coin Denomination: $20
- Year of Issue: 2016
- Coin Mintage: 7,500
- Country of Issue: Canada
- Diameter: 40mm
The coin shows the British-built Royal Aircraft Factory S.E. 5a. Introduced in 1917, this biplane was on the front lines of innovation.
This historcal obverse features George V was the grandfather of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and appeared with the Latin inscription GEORGIVS V DEI GRA:REX ET IND:IMP, which means “George V, by the grace of God, the King and Emperor of India.” For part of 1911, coins did not include the DEI GRA part of the inscription and became known as the “Godless” coins.
Your coin is packaged in a standard clamshell case and numbered certificate of authenticity.