Seventy years after it last flew a wartime mission, one of
Australia’s most famous wartime bombers receives the honor of
appearing on a dollar coin.
The noncirculating legal tender coin marks the 70th anniversary of
the retirement of G for George, the Avro Lancaster W4783 on display at the
Australian War Memorial.
Australian Mint announced the coin on May 30, to coincide with
the annual Bomber Command wreath-laying ceremony held on the Memorial
grounds on June 1.
The aircraft served in 90 operational missions over Germany and
occupied Europe during the height of the bomber offensive in World War
II. Its affectionate nickname was the result of the prominent
"G" in its squadron code, and the plane's legacy was both
empowering and uniting for more than 10,000 airmen.
From the time it was built in 1942 until its retirement from active
service in 1944 the bomber served in No. 460 Squadron Royal Australian
It is one of only a handful of the world’s surviving Lancasters from
World War II.
The Royal Australian Mint has produced the coin in honor of the
aircraft, its many crews and all Australians who flew in Bomber
Command. The reverse of the coin features the G for George over
a background drawn from the markings on the bomber’s side, signifying
successful missions. The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth
II appears on the obverse.
G for George is one of the most popular exhibits at the
Australian War Memorial. The aircraft is currently on display in the
“Striking by Night” exhibition in Anzac Hall, a permanent display
featuring a dramatic sound-and-light show that re-creates a night
bombing operation over Berlin in December 1943. Three German
Messerschmitt fighter aircraft also feature in the display.
The Uncirculated aluminum-bronze coin weighs 9 grams and measures 25
millimeters in diameter.
It has a mintage limit of 30,000 pieces and is packaged in a card
featuring the plane schematic and images of the 90 bombs displayed on
the side of G for George representing the number of missions it flew.
The commemorative coin retails for $13.50 Australian and is being
sold by the Royal
Australian Mint and distributor Downies.
To order from the RAM, visit its online store.
To order from Downies, telephone the firm toll free at 877-897-7696
or visit its website.