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Australia De Havilland DH 86

2009 Proof Five Dollar reverse 2009 Proof Five Dollar obverse

2009 Proof Five Dollar

Reverse Designer:Wojciech Pietranik Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:39mm Weight:36.31g Edge:Reeded Composition:99.9% Silver


Sales History


The five dollar coin of the de Havilland DH 86 is part of the collection of coins under the heading 'Flying Through Time' which consists of five other designs. They were all struck in Sterling Silver. The reverse of this coin, designed by Wojciech Pietranik, includes two images of the de Havilland DH 86 viewed from different angles. Included at the base of the design is the the legend 5 DOLLARS and it also has the legend around the inside edge of the coin of, AVIATION HISTORY - DE HAVILLAND DH 86. The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, crowned, facing right, with earrings and is surrounded by the legend ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2008. This coin along with the other three to complete the set was originally boxed in pairs sets or they could be obtained by subscription to the ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINT.

The DH 86 was developed in 1933 to meet a requirement by the Australian Government for a multi-engined aircraft to be used by Qantas to fly the Singapore to Australia route (Fleet Air Arm, 2000) . The DH 86 had four de Havilland Gipsy Six engines and had a wooden construction with a fabric covering. Its first flight was on 14th January 1934 which was less than four months after the project commenced. Only 62 were ever built and it appears they are now extinct. Qantas and Imperial Airways had a safety requirement that two pilots should be seated side-by-side so in August 1934 a prototype was introduced with a longer and wider nose to provide the necessary accommodation. The first 29 production examples were flown by Holyman Airways, Qantas(six), Imperial Airways (five), Jersey Airways (six), Misr Airwork, Egypt (four), Hillman's Airways (three) and Wrightways (one) (Aviastar, 2013) .

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