1997 Kingsford Smith One Dollar Dual Pack - Uncirculated Australian Decimal Coin Set
This 1997 Australian Sir Charles Kingsford Smith 2-Coin Uncirculated Set consists of two different types of Kingsford smith $1 coins.
A mintage of only 50,500, and currently valued at $50 (Renniks 30th Edition, page 92)
In 1997 when the Royal Australian Mint produced these $1 coins, they initially struck the coin using a smaller head design of Kingsford smith with a world map background. Due to the fact that the coins design was not suitable for circulation the Royal Australian Mint later released a revised design of the $1 coin using a Larger Kingsford Smith Head.
Due to the cases these coins have been stored in, they have been unaffected by toning, and remain in brilliant condition.
Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, was born in Hamilton, Queensland on 9th February 1897.
He spent the greater part of his life at the controls of aeroplanes, setting distance records between Australian capital cities and other continents.
Sir Charles Kingsford Smith is still regarded as one of the greatest pilots ever. He possessed all the abilities that are essential for piloting aeroplanes under the conditions required to set records. His untimely demise came over Aye Island off the Burmese coast in November 1935 whilst trying to break another England-Australia record with co-pilot Tommy Pethybridge.
The exact circumstance surrounding his death are still a mystery today.