On behalf of the Minister for Finance, the Central Bank of Ireland has issued (10th July) €15 silver Proof coins to mark the centenary anniversary of transatlantic aviation. It was on the 15th June 1919 that John Alcock and Arthur Brown landed their Vickers Vimy airplane in a bog near Clifden County, Galway. However, the idea of crossing the Atlantic Ocean employing flight was launched in 1913 when the Daily Mail had offered a prize of £10,000. Today, that sizable reward would amount to about one million euros (U.S. $1,130,000) to be given to the first aviator able to cross the Atlantic. Due to the breakout of war on the European continent in 1914, the competition was suspended, but was re-launched in late 1918. The two British aviation pilots made their way to St. John’s in Newfoundland, present-day Canada, and flew their two-man Vickers Vimy biplane across the Atlantic Ocean successfully, landing on the west coast of Ireland with neither man sustaining any injuries. On that day, they had achieved the first non-stop transatlantic fight with a duration of 16 hours and 28 minutes, landing about 25 miles north of their targeted destination.
The coins are produced by the Royal Dutch Mint at their facilities in Utrecht, on behalf of the Central Bank, and are designed by PJ Lynch. The obverse side depicts the model of airplane which was flown across the Atlantic Ocean, while a clear outline of the island of Ireland is shown below. The commemorative inscription reads 100 YEARS OF TRANSATLANTIC AVIATION and is placed above the primary design along the edge. The coin’s denomination of 15 EURO is shown just above the airplane and is centred.
The reverse side of the coin includes the national emblem of Ireland, the harp, with the text EIRE and the year of issue 2019 placed on either side.
|15 euro||.925 Silver||28.2 g||38.6 mm||Proof||3,000|
The coins are encapsulated and presented in a custom case branded with the logo of the Central Bank of Ireland and are accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity. For more information about this coin and others available from the Central Bank, please visit their website.