Powered Flight in Canada: The First 50 Years Coin Series
This 1991 Canadian $20 AEA Silver Dart Sterling Silver Coin is part of the first ten-coin series commemorating the Powered Flight in Canada: The First 50 Years. Each coin commemorates an aviation hero and his achievements. These coins are composed of sterling silver and have a 24 karat gold covered cameo portrait of an aviation hero. This coin is the third coin in the series and features the A.E.A. Silver Dart.
The Silver Dart was the fourth and finest of the pioneer machines constructed by Aerial Experiment Association (A.E.A.) headed by Dr. Alexander Graham Bell. It was first tested in New York State in December 1908 before being shipped to Baddeck on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia for further flying experiments. On February 23, 1909, it first flew for over half a mile above a frozen Bras d’Or Lake, thus achieving the first powered, controlled, heavier-than-air machine flight in Canada.
The coin pictures a gold plated portraits of F.W. Baldwin and J.A.D. McCurdy, with the A.E.A. Silver Dart in the background.
1991 Canadian $20 Aviation Series I: AEA Silver Dart Sterling Silver Coin (Coin 3 of 10) comes encapsulated in a specially designed an aluminium clamshell case (in the shape of a wing) lined with flock, protected by a custom beauty box and Certificate of Authenticity.
Note: The photo of this item is a stock image only.
Face Value: $20
Composition: 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper, 24-karat gold-covered cameo
Weight (g): 31.103