RAF Centenary Spitfire 2018 UK £2 Gold Proof Coin
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The Royal Mint commemorates 100 years of the RAF.
Limited Issue: 1000
The second coin in the five-coin 2018 RAF Centenary Collection features the most iconic of all British planes – the Spitfire. The design by Rhys Morgan shows three of the great planes in flight with the inscription Spitfire RAF 1918-2018.
The Supermarine Spitfire is a single-seat fighter plane used during and after WWII by the Royal Air Force and allied countries. The only British fighter to be produced continuously throughout the Second World War, there were many variations in the design and specification including several wing configurations to improve speed and manoeuvrability – making it one of the most effective and agile fighter planes in the RAFs 100-year history. This fighter holds the record of having had the most numbers produced of any other British aircraft with over 22,000 Spitfires having been built.
Today only 60 of the planes remain airworthy but there are many more across the world used in static exhibitions in aviation museums and exhibits to celebrate this beloved aircraft and symbol of victory in Europe.
During the Battle of Britain in 1940, the Spitfire were tasked with engaging Luftwaffe fighters – mostly Messerschmitt BF 109E series aircraft which were a close match in battle. Whilst the Hurricane took the brunt of the punishment from Nazi Germany’s air force, the Spitfire had a higher victory-loss ratio due to its superior air combat performance capabilities. As a result, the Spitfire become widely considered by the public as the main RAF fighter in these battles – and started the British love affair with the aircraft that would last for over half a century and most likely for many years thereafter.
The RAF Centenary Collection
As part of the RAF100 celebrations, the Royal Mint united with the Royal Air Force (RAF) to mark 100 years of service. For the centenary anniversary, five official UK £2 coins have been struck in recognition of the brave men and women of the RAF and to celebrate the most iconic aircraft in the world. The collection is officially licensed by the Royal Air Force and the only coins struck to mark the 100th anniversary.
RAF Centenary Spitfire 2018 UK £2 Gold Proof Coin Specification
- Denomination: £2
- Quality: Proof
- Country of issue: United Kingdom
- Year of issue: 2018
- Composition: Gold
- Weight: 15.97g
- Diameter: 28.40mm
- Reverse designer: Rhys Morgan
- Obverse designer: Jody Clark