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1997 Sir Charles Kingsford Smith

1997 represents the centenary of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith's birth. The Royal Australian Mint, in their tradition of honouring an Australian who has greatly contributed to this country, released this special 1997 coin to pay tribute to all that Sir Charles accomplished.
Sir Charles Kingsford Smith was described by his contemporaries as the greatest man ever to fly. First a war hero, then a record-breaking aviator, his wartime exploits with the Royal Flying Corps earned him the Military Cross. It was the first of many honours, including a knighthood bestowed in 1932 for services to aviation. He was the first to fly across the Pacific Ocean and went on to break many more aviation records.

Being of slender build and standing only 170 centimetres, Kingsford Smith was, physically, ideally suited to the cramped cockpits of aeroplanes from the 1920s and 1930s. But what he lacked in height he more than made up for with raw courage and a spirit for adventure that none of his contemporaries could rival. Sir Charles Kingsford Smith met his fate with long time co-pilot Tommy Pethybridge in November 1935, off the coast of Burma. The exact time, location and circumstances are still a mystery. What is certain, the world lost its greatest aviator and Australia lost a hero.

Nominal Specifications

Issues Released
Denomination: $1
Metal: 92% Copper
2% Nickel
6% Aluminum
Mass: 9 grams
Diameter: 25 mm
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C Mintmark
S Mintmark
M Mintmark
B Mintmark
A Mintmark
Dual Folder