Base metal: Cupro-nickel
Face value: 50 Pence
Year of issue: 2023
Celebrate the 80th anniversary of the iconic raid by RAF 617 Squadron thereafter known as the 'Dambusters' with this stunning 50p coin featuring a full colour print.
These are the first ever official RAF issue coins to feature the portrait of King Charles III. They are licensed with the RAF and bear the official RAF logo making them a perfect collectors item.
The Dambusters Squadron was formed in March 1943 during World War II. The squadron was specially created to carry out a daring bombing raid on the dams of the Ruhr Valley in Germany, using a new "bouncing bomb" designed by British engineer Barnes Wallis. The squadron's success in this mission earned them widespread recognition and praise.
The members of the Dambusters Squadron were comprised of pilots, navigators, and other crew members, who were handpicked for their skill and bravery. The squadron was led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his leadership during the mission.
In total, 133 men participated in the Dambusters raid, with 53 of them being killed in action. The bravery and skill of these men have been celebrated in numerous books, films, and other media over the years, cementing their place in history as some of the greatest heroes of World War II.
Housed in its own presentation card and blister pack, your coin will be ready to display or add to your collection.