In 2014 the Royal Australian Air Force will celebrate the centenary of the first flight of an Australian military aircraft, the Bristol Military Biplane, commonly known as a Bristol Boxkite.
Prior to the establishment of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1921, the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) was responsible for operating military aircraft throughout the country.
Lieutenant Eric Harrison made Australian military history when he took a Bristol Boxkite for a flight at an aviation school on 1 March 1914.
This historic moment is recognised as the starting point of military flying in Australia.
The Bristol Boxkite was instrumental in the evolution of military aviation in Australia. It was the first military aeroplane flown in the country, and in 1915, it also became the first official military aircraft to be built on its shores, constructed at Point Cook and used to train the nation’s first military pilots.
Over the next 100 years, military aviation went on to become a vital part of the Australian Defence Force.
This stunning commemorative coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver and is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965. No more than 5,000 of these 2014 100 Years of Australian Military Aviation 1oz Silver Proof Coins will be released.
The coin’s reverse depicts a representation of a Bristol aeroplane propeller with a military Boxkite flying under the propeller blade and an F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft soaring above it. The inscription 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF AUSTRALIAN MILITARY AVIATION, the dates 1914 – 2014, and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark are also included in the design.
The coin's obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2014 year-date and the monetary denomination.
This coin is housed in a presentation case with a themed shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
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