Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of successful flight in Australia, this
spectacular aviation commemorative is struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver
in proof quality.
Coloured Reverse Design
The coin’s reverse depicts Houdini’s French-designed Voisin bi-plane in colour. The
image overlays words from a typical poster publicising Houdini’s stunts. As well as The
Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark, the reverse includes the inscriptions ‘DIGGERS REST MARCH 18th
1910’ and ‘AUSTRALIAN CENTENARY of Flight’.
Australian Legal Tender
Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the coin bears
the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on its reverse.
The coin is housed in a presentation case and illustrated shipper.
The Perth Mint will release no more than 7,500 of these coins.
Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
Each coin is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
An isolated nation with a vast interior, Australia had much to
gain from the development of successful flying machines at the beginning of the
20th century. To promote interest in aviation, the Australian Aerial League
invited Harry Houdini to demonstrate his flying skills while on tour here in 1910. The
famous escapologist took-off at Diggers Rest, near Melbourne, on 18 March. A short flight of
about a minute’s duration was followed by a second flight that saw him rise 100 feet,
remaining airborne for almost five minutes. With a third successful attempt that day,
Houdini is regarded as having completed the first sustained flight in Australia.