The Sir Douglas Bader Solid Gold Piedfort

Gold coin struck in double weight to celebrate the legendary British fighter ace

Douglas Bader Gold Piedfort

Douglas Bader Gold Piedfort

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The Douglas Bader Gold Piedfort Pound celebrates the extraordinary life and achievements of the most legendary pilot in the history of British aviation.

  • Type: Single
  • Availability: Low
£ 1,995

 

● Only 242 editions have been struck for worldwide distribution, which represents No. 242 Squadron RAF, making this a very special issue indeed and meaning that you are one of a very select band of collectors.

● £1 Piedfort Coin – double thickness.

● The RAF’s motto, ‘Per adua ad astra’ (‘through adversity to the stars’) graces the outer ring of the design.

● Special privy mark commemorating Operation Leg - on 19th August 1941 an RAF bomber was allowed to drop a new prosthetic leg by parachute to a Luftwaffe base in occupied France while Bader was captured and held as a prisoner of war.

£ 1,995
Specifications
Metal:
Gold
Quality:
22 carat
Weight:
19g
Diameter:
22.50mm
Issuing Authority:
Gibraltar
Denomination:
One Pound
Year of issue:
2016
Mintage limit:
242

Last year was a particularly significant one for the history of Douglas Bader. It was 40 years since he was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen, and it was also 75 years  since his aircraft was shot down over France – an episode that led to an astonishing secret operation entitled ‘Operation Leg’.

 

Forced to bail out while flying a Spitfire over northern France in August 1941, his right prosthetic leg became damaged and Bader was forced to leave it behind. Once captured, he was treated with respect and some reverence by the Germans, who notified the British and offered them safe passage to drop off a replacement leg. None other than Hermann Goering, head of the Luftwaffe, approved the operation, and on 19th August 1941 an RAF bomber was allowed to drop a new prosthetic leg by parachute to a Luftwaffe base in occupied France.