2009 Cased Numismatic Uncirculated Silver Dollar 100th Anniversary of Flight in Canada Plus 3 Bonus Postage Stamps

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513-062
2009 Cased Numismatic Uncirculated Silver Dollar 100th Anniversary of Flight in Canada Plus 3 Bonus Postage Stamps
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2009 Cased Numismatic Uncirculated Silver Dollar 100th Anniversary of Flight in Canada Plus 3 Bonus Postage Stamps
2009 Cased Numismatic Uncirculated Silver Dollar 100th Anniversary of Flight in Canada Plus 3 Bonus Postage Stamps

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Since 1971, the Royal Canadian Mint has produced a special collector issue silver dollar marking one aspect of Canadian history or achievements. Starting in 1981 when the mint introduced a new frosted finish, these coins have been produced with both a mirror finish and a frosted finish. The mirror finish coins usually have the lowest mintage, and capture history with a traditional classic coin appearance. This 2009 mirror finish coin commemorates the 100th Anniversary of Flight in Canada. It is struck in .925 sterling silver, with a weight of about ¾ ounce. Exclusive to The Shopping Channel, three historic Canada Post flight themed postage stamps are also included.

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

Postage Stamps Included:

5¢ First Flight in Canada  1959 50th Anniversary (1909-1959)
7¢ "Air" WWII Issue Postage Stamp
17¢ Special Delivery 1946 Peace Issue Postage Stamp

First Flight, 1909
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 Squadron was formed and flew many successful missions during the Second World War. Over the years, it has been disbanded 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 Cased Numismatic Uncirculated Silver Dollar 100th Anniversary of Flight in Canada Plus 3 Bonus Postage Stamps