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Canada 2009 Aviation Centennial - First Flight 100th Anniversary $1 Silver Dollar Proof-Like BU

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This year the Annual BU Silver Dollar celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Flight in Canada!

Sold out at the Mint! Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Canadian Aviation, starting with the very first flight in Nova Scotia! This silver dollar is available in 3 different forms, including:

    •  The Brilliant Uncirculated dollar in presentation case
    •  The Proof dollar in presentation case
    •  An 8 coin silver proof set with special gold-plated Aviation dollar

Dreams Take To The Air
On February 23, 1909, on a frozen lake in Nova Scotia, a  silver-winged "aerodrome" amazed onlookers as it flew 0.8 km (0.5 mi) to complete the first airplane flight in Canada. Designed and built by the Aerial Experiment Association under Alexander Graham Bell, the Silver Dart flew 50 times before being destroyed during military trials; around the world the potential value of flight in war was fast being discovered.

Indeed, the First World War was the first to witness air combat. By the end of the Second World War, Canada had established itself as a leader in aviation. It had built some of the best bombers of the war. On March 25, 1958, the mesmerizing and equally intriguing Avro Arrow made its historic maiden flight as one of the most advanced aircrafts of its time.

Building planes also meant testing them and pushing their limits.  In 1942, 431 Bomber Squadronwas formed and flew many successful missions during the Second World War. Over the years, it has beendisbanded and re-launched and is best known today as the Snowbirds. Their breathtaking maneuvers are world-renowned and seem a universe away from the tentative flight made by the Silver Dart a century ago.

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2009 BU Aviation Dollar in boxInvestment Note
This year the mint has imposed a strict mintage limit of only 30,000 on the Annual Brilliant Uncirculated Silver Dollar, even less than last year! All collectors of Canadian dollar coins and all silver dollar collectors need this affordable coin, so this seems like a sure sell-out.

Obverse
The coin features a young person running, arms spread out as if in flight. The silhouette echoes the dream with three significant Canadianaviation achievements in the background, the Silver Dart, the Avro Arrow and 431 Bomber Squadron (Snowbird), their formation giving shape to the maple leaf included in this design.

Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") and the Royal Canadian Mint mint mark also appear.

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Packaging

The coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a black outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2009
 
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 25.175 g
Diameter 36.07 mm
Mintage Limit     30,000
 
Finish Proof-Like Brilliant Uncirculated
Composition .925 Fine (Sterling) Silver
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
   
Artist Jason Bouwman
Certificate Individually Numbered

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