• The First World War Aviation 2017 £2 Gold Proof Coin
  • The obverse features a pilot and their observer on a reconnaissance mission.
  • The reverse features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
  • The edge lettering reads "The Sky Rained Heroes."
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The First World War Aviation 2017 £2 Gold Proof Coin

Article Number: 1383440104

  • Gold 916.7/1000
  • Proof quality
  • The only official UK coin commemorating the aviators of the First World War
  • Fully endorsed by Imperial War Museums.
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The Royal MintThis coin is the Royal Mint's stirring gold Proof tribute to the pilots of the First World War 

The design

Pilots were depended upon to create reliable maps of landscapes that seemed to be constantly changing. The design of this yellow and red gold Proof Royal Mint coin draws its inspiration from blueprints and cartography. 

The design shows a pilot and his observer flying a Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 plane over the battle of Arras as they perform a reconnaissance mission. Whilst the plane is rendered in realistic detail, the landscape below is a stylised, map-like style.

The writing around the coin's obverse reads "1914-1918 The War In The Air". Lettering around the edge remembers those who sacrificed their lives with the words, "The Sky Rained Heroes." 

Fully endorsed by the Imperial War Museums, this is the only official UK coin to commemorate the heroics of World War One's brave aviators


Beginning life as the Royal Air Corps, the RAF was an integral part of British warefare. Battling enemy planes in the skies above the trenches, embarking upon vital reconnaissance missions, or delivering supplies -  their work was essential. 

Braving altitude sickness, freezing temperatures, and enemy fire their contributions were invaluable. This coin remembers their brave efforts. 

Mintage: 450
Year of Issue: 2017
Collection: The First World War Aviation 2017
Country of Issue: Great Britain
Metal: Gold 916.7/1000
Quality: Proof
Mint: The Royal Mint
Currency: Pounds
Diameter: 28.40mm
Weight: 15.97g

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