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The 2024 Britain’s WWII Aircraft Legends Gold One Eighth Sovereign

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  • The first one eighth sovereign ever to feature genuine metal from a World War Two Spitfire laid into the design.
  • The central design shows a ‘plan view’ of the Spitfire from both the air and the ground, inspired by the Spotter Cards used by the public during the War
  • Struck in solid 22 carat gold
  • Limited to only 2,999 coins
  • Exclusive to Hattons of LondonSSAFA

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Description

There’s something about the sight and sounds of a WWII Spitfire that stirs the blood. A world away from the hi-tech possibilities of today, our pioneering engineers in the 1930s designed an aircraft that not only pushed the boundaries of what was possible, but did it with grace and beauty of form. This machine, in the hands of the heroic pilots of the RAF, performed extraordinary feats of aerial supremacy against the imposing threat of Hitler’s Germany and helped Britain to win the War.

Now, to coincide with the 70th Anniversary of the Spitfire’s last operational mission, coins have been produced which for the first time ever, feature genuine metal from a WWII Spitfire laid into their solid 22 carat design! Creating an historic link to the legendary defenders of the skies in WWII, these coins represent an era of courage, endurance and daring self-sacrifice that has all but slipped from living memory. This new one-eighth sovereign offers a unique reminder of the WWII Spitfire while being the very first of its kind in the world.

This new coin is certain to be subject to considerable demand and you have the opportunity to own one right now, at the time of release. Just 2,999 of these coins are available!

  1. This is the first time that a gold sovereign coin has featured genuine metal from a WWII Spitfire laid into their twenty-two carat gold design, creating an historic link to Britain’s most iconic aircraft.
  2. The central design shows a ‘plan view’ of the Spitfire from both the air and the ground, inspired by the Spotter Cards used by the public during the War.
  3. The design also features a section of the coastline of southern England, complete with radar lines indicating the location of actual radar stations that gave Britain a crucial advantage in the war of the skies.
  4. The genuine metal is from the engine cowling (cover) of a Mk-XVI Spitfire that flew missions attacking V2 rocket launchers, but was later damaged beyond repair. It gives each coin a direct link with an original WWII Spitfire.

For these reasons we anticipate considerable interest in this world-first coin.

The aircraft that helped Britain win the War, celebrated on a new world-first gold one-eighth sovereign

The Spitfire has become one of Britain’s WWII aircraft legends, thanks to its airborne prowess and technical expertise. Its ground-breaking design gave rise to a fighter plane capable of astonishing feats of aerial agility. With its elliptical wing shape and slim fuselage, the Spitfire was both graceful and incredibly fast – a fighter pilot’s dream. Its famous defence of the skies above Britain during WWII lifted the nation’s spirits and made it an icon of British resistance.

Now the 70th anniversary of this remarkable aircraft’s final active mission is celebrated with a gold one-eighth sovereign, the first ever to feature genuine metal from a WWII Spitfire laid into its solid 22 carat gold designs.

Genuine metal from a Spitfire that flew missions against German V2 rocket launchers makes this coin the very first of its kind!

Embellishing gold sovereigns is rarely undertaken – the embellishment needs to be seen to add to the significance of the design and not detract from it – and none have ever included genuine metal from a WWII Spitfire in the design before. This coin is the first of its kind in the world! The use of metal taken from an original Spitfire means that this gold coin provides a genuine, historical link to legendary wartime aircraft and the extraordinary pilots that flew them.

The metal is sourced from the engine cowling (cover) of a Mk-XVI Spitfire which entered service on the 1st November 1944. It was flown by 601 Squadron of the RAF, used mainly in lowlevel flying attacks on German mobile launch vehicles for V2 rockets. After the war this Spitfire lay unmaintained and by the time this engine cowling was retrieved from RAF Kenley in the 1980s it was beyond repair.

The engine cover, however, had a part number on it: engine covers often required minor adjustments to make them fit and so maintenance crews often identified specific parts to ensure they went back on the correct airframe. These numbers mean this part can be identified to Spitfire SM234.

Further significance is added by the fact that this metal comes from the engine cover, as one of the Spitfire’s most distinctive attributes was the ‘roar’ of its Merlin 27-litre V12 engine. This aircraft was a Mk-XVI Spitfire which was fitted with a Merlin 266 engine that had been optimised for low altitude operation. All 1,054 of the Mk-XVI Spitfires were built as low-altitude fighters and many of them had square-cropped wings to make them more stable at low altitudes. They were built at Castle  Bromwich, the largest purpose built WWII aircraft factory in Britain.

This new gold one-eighth sovereign with its world-first design, is an exciting tribute to Britain’s legendary Spitfire, and is likely to be keenly sought by collectors and history enthusiasts alike.

Authorised by Tristan Da Cunha  and approved by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and Buckingham Palace, it is a wonderful tribute – the first sovereign coins to feature genuine metal from a World War Two Spitfire laid into the design.

The sale of every coin will benefit SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity

The Soldiers’, Sailors’, Airmen and Families Association, known as SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, provides support for our Forces and their families in their time of need. Each 2024 WWII Aircraft Legends One Eighth Sovereign sold will support SSAFA as it continues to provide welfare and well-being assistance to ourSSAFA

Additional information

Metal type

Gold 22 carat

Obverse

Portrait of King Charles III by artist Jody Clark, designer of the fifth (and final) coinage portrait of Queen Elizabeth II

Reverse

Plan view of three Supermarine Spitfires, inspired by WWII Airplane Spotter cards along with a roundel flooded with genuine metal from a WWII Spitfire

Issuing Authority

Tristan Da Cunha

Quality

Highest possible Proof Quality

Diameter

11.0mm

Weight

1g

Mintage limitation

2,999

Limit Per Household

1

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