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Australia 2010-P Harry Houdini & First Powered Flight Centennial $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof with Color

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Magician or aviation pioneer? YES! Harry Houdini was both! And he made the first powered flight in Australia, 100 years ago!

Sold out at the Mint! Harry Houdini is best remembered as the greatest magician and escape artist of all time. But did you know that he was an aviation pioneer, as well? That's right - and in 1910, the American celebrity made the very first sustained, powered flight in Australian history, flying a French Voisin biplane emblazoned with his name! This beautiful, full color commemorative silver dollar is struck with a proof finish in pure silver. Aviation and airplane enthusiasts, as well as numismatists and astute investors, will certainly want to add this unusual, low-mintage proof to their holdings.

The world famous Amerian magician and escape artist Harry Houdini flying his French Voisin biplane in Australia in 1910.Harry Houdini, Aviation Pioneer!
Harry Houdini was already world-famous (and world-traveled) when he heard of the brave young men in their newfangled flying machines in the early 1900s. In fact, he was one of the preeminent celebrities of his day. In 1909, Houdini became fascinated with aviation. That same year, he purchased a French Voisin biplane for $5000 and hired a full-time mechanic, Antonio Brassac. Houdini painted his name in bold block letters on the Voisin's side panels and tail. After crashing once, Houdini made his first successful flight on November 26th in Hamburg, Germany.

An isolated nation with a vast interior, Australia had much to gain from the development of successful airplanes at the beginning of the 20th century. To promote interest in aviation, the Australian Aerial League, in a marketing coup, invited Houdini to demonstrate his flying skills while on a performance tour. It was a match that would prove mutually beneficial.

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In 1910, Houdini  arrived in Australia for his country-wide tour. He brought with him his Voisin biplane. The famous American escapologist took off at Diggers Rest, just north of Melbourne, on March 18th. Colin Defries preceded him, but he crashed his plane on landing. A short flight of about a minute¬ís duration was followed by a second flight that saw Houdini rise 100 feet, remaining airborne for almost five minutes. With a third successful attempt that day, Houdini is regarded as having completed the first controlled, powered flight in Australia.

The world famous Amerian magician and escape artist Harry Houdini flying his French Voisin biplane in Australia in 1910.Ironically, Houdini proudly claimed to the gathered reporters that, while the world may forget about him as a magician and escape artist, it would never forget Houdini the pioneer aviator! Of course, the exact opposite is true, though our commemorative proof silver coin attempts to reconcile this disparity. After his Australia tour, Houdini put the Voisin into storage in England. Although he announced he would use it to fly from city to city during his next Music Hall tour, Houdini never flew again. Nonetheless, this spectacular aviation commemorative celebrates the 100th anniversary of successful flight in Australia. Harry Houdini's early flights foreshadowed the emergence of many early Australian aviators, including Charles Kingsford-Smith.
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Technology Note
The Perth Mint of Australia employs its own proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The vibrant hues and precise execution of the technology create a stunning, full-color portrait on each coin.

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Australia 2010 Aviation Houdini Silver $1 Coin with full packagingObverse
Harry Houdini, at the controls of his logoed, French Voisin biplane, appears in color, superimposed on a promotional poster publicizing Houdini's stunts. The legends DIGGERS REST MARCH 18TH 1910 and AUSTRALIAN CENTENARY OF FLIGHT mark the commemoration in the lower portion of the face. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark also appears near the edge at the 6:00 position.

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Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl earrings, was executed by the sculptor Raphael Maklouf. The legend QUEEN ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear.

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

SpecificationsThe world famous Amerian magician and escape artist Harry Houdini flying his French Voisin biplane in Australia in 1910.
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2010
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   4.00 mm
Mintage Limit    7,500
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist "RV" (obverse)
Raphael Maklouf (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

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