2015 50c Empire Air Training Scheme UNC

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2015 50c Empire Air Training Scheme UNC

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Ready to slot into the RAM's official Australia at War Collection album, available here, the unique, one-year-only 2015 Empire Air Training Scheme 50c is...

  • an official Australian legal tender issue ' measures 31.51mm
  • struck to the Royal Australian Mint's rigorous Unc quality
  • a strictly limited edition ' mintage restricted to 50,000
  • presented within an attractive, official RAM pack
  • within the reach of all at the RAM's Official Issue Price

The Empire Air Training Scheme

Although in a position to increase warplane production for the impending war in Europe, Britain recognised that they lacked the required number of aircrew to man those planes. Indeed, it was believed that 50,000 aircrew per year would be necessary to man the Royal Air Force (RAF), and Britain had just 22,000 before the outbreak of hostilities. Britain put forward a plan whereby its dominions would supply men to be trained as aircrew, who would then serve with the RAF. The Empire Air Training Scheme was born.

Australia agreed to supply 28,000 men to the RAF over the first three years, and would ultimately provide 37,000 before the plan effectively came to an end in late 1944. Many of those men would serve with the RAF in the skies over Europe, standing proudly alongside New Zealand, South African, Rhodesian, Canadian and British aircrew in the fight against the forces of fascism.

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A superbly designed military tribute to the Empire Air Training Scheme, and clearly a vital coin for those interested in Australia's role in the Second World War, this official Australian legal tender release from the Royal Australian Mint is simply a must-have for collectors. Why? Because, not issued for circulation, and therefore never found in change, this affordable release is the only way you can keep your collection complete!
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Country of Issue Australia
Year of Issue 2015
Denomination 50c
Weight (g) 15.5500
Mintage 50,000
Metal Copper Nickel
Quality Uncirculated
Diameter (mm) 31.50
Issued By Royal Australian Mint
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