The D-Day 80th Gold Penny First Strike Parachuted Edition
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80% ALLOCATED: The D-Day 80th Anniversary Solid Gold Parachuted Penny

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80% ALLOCATED: The D-Day 80th Anniversary Solid Gold Parachuted Penny

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You have the opportunity to own an extremely rare D-Day anniversary coin – The D-Day 80th Anniversary Solid Gold Parachuted Penny.

A limited edition run of just 995 solid gold pennies are being struck to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day. We have been able to secure the first 250 of these to be struck for a mission of their own - to be flown and parachuted on a special 80th anniversary flight.

Flown in an Original WWII Dakota Aircraft

The first 250 gold pennies to be struck were set aside, carefully packaged and transported to Duxford airfield on June 2nd, where they were distributed between a number of parachutists - many ex-military.

As part of the largest gathering of Dakotas since WWII, a fleet of Douglas C-47A Skytrains took off for Carentan in Normandy, the scene of heavy fighting around D-Day. Once over Carentan and carrying the coins in their uniforms, the team of ex-miltary parachutists made the historic jump, re-enacting the jumps made by thousands of allied soldiers on D-Day.

Limited Edition Presentation

Now landed, each coin has been collected and is being carefully re-housed in a special tamper proof capsule in a deluxe Presentation Case with a Certificate of Authenticity – confirming it as one of the 250 coins to be flown and parachuted.

Each Jersey Gold Proof Penny has been struck from 9 Carat Gold and has been fully approved by Buckingham Palace and His Majesty the King.

This is a moment in history perfectly captured in this limited edition coin release. It’s surely one of the most important collectibles being issued this year, and one that any serious coin and military collector will be keen to own.

About the aircraft:

The C-47 was vital to the success of many Allied campaigns during WWII. In Europe, the C-47 and a specialised paratroop variant, the C-53 Skytrooper, were used in vast numbers in the later stages of the war, particularly to tow gliders and drop paratroops. More than 50,000 paratroops were dropped by C-47s during the first few days of the D-Day campaign in June 1944.

About 2,000 C-47s (received under Lend-Lease) in British and Commonwealth service took the name "Dakota", possibly inspired by the acronym "DACoTA" for Douglas Aircraft Company Transport Aircraft. The C-47 also earned the informal nickname "gooney bird" in the European theatre of operations. Other sources attribute this name to the first aircraft, a USMC R2D—the military version of the DC-2—being the first aircraft to land on Midway Island, previously home to the long-winged albatross known as the gooney bird which was native to Midway.

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Price £295.00 (+ £4.99 p&p)

Specifications

  • Country of Issue: Jersey
  • Year of Issue: 2024
  • Metal: 9 Carat Gold
  • Diameter: 20.3mm
  • Weight: 4g
  • Denomination: One Penny
  • Reverse: Matt Tindall
  • Obverse: Glyn Davies
  • Finish: Proof
  • Edition Limit: 995

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