How Man Conquered the Skies - Aeroplane

Niue Islands 2011 - $1 - How Man Conquered the Skies - Aeroplane - 28,28g LIMITED Silver Coin

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Country Niue Islands
Year 2011
Face Value currency Dollar
Face Value number 1
Metal Silver
Fineness 925/1000
Weight 28,28g
Dimensions 40 x 28 mm
Mintage 6000
Quality Proof
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case no
Price $69.03
Coin Story

The era of airplanes began from the breakthrough invention by the Wright Brothers. Orville (1871-1948) and Wilbure (1867-1917) built a plane which was capable -to fly thanks to its combustion engine. In 1903 they successfully completed their first controlled flight, which lasted 12 seconds. Another important step pushing aviation to the next level was the development of the jet engine in the 1930s. Piston engines proved to be of little value when flying at high speeds and significant altitudes where the air is rarefied. As early as 1928 a British engineer, Frank Whittle (1907-1996), patented his first design of jet engine. However, the first jet airplane called Heinkel He 178, was constructed in Germany by Ernst Heinkel in 1939. During World War II British and American troops deployed their jet airplanes in numerous important and deciding battles. The jet aircraft of today are capable of breaking the sonic barrier.

Reverse Design

In the central part of the coin: a stylized image of the aeroplane designed by the Wright Brothers. At the bottom: images of the constructors and inscriptions: Orville & Wilbure Wright. In the background: a horizon outline.

Obverse Design

The central part of the coin features images of flying objects: a technical drawing of an Antonov plane wing, to the right an engine with a star pattern of pistons, to the left a profile of an aerobatics plane, and above it a bird’s wing. To the left side of the coin, along its rim an inscription: Niue Island and the face value: 1 dollar, issue date: 2011. In the top part of the coin the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the inscription: Elizabeth II, the mint’s mark (m/w), and along the rim the title of the series: “How Man Conquered the Skies”.


The How Man Conquered the Skies - Aeroplane silver coin comes encapsuled, with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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