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AMIOT 143 History Of Aviation Airplane Fighter Aircraft Silver Coin 5000 Francs Burundi 2015


New commemorative coin series depicting important milestones of aviation starting with airplanes from World War II. This is dedicated to AMIOT 143 aircraft. More than 2000 years of aviation: from kites and gliders to supersonic flight. Pure silver coins with brilliant colorization limited to only 1931  pcs.

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Amiot 143M
The Amiot 143M was a late 1930s French medium bomber designed to meet 1928 specifications for a bomber capable of day/night bombing, long-range reconnaissance and bomber escort.
In 1928, the French Air Ministry issued a specification for a four-seat Multiplace de Combat, a multi-seat combat aircraft to act as a light bomber, reconnaissance aircraft and long-range escort fighter. Amiot received an order for two prototype Amiot 140s, to be evaluated against the competing Bleriot 137, Breguet 410 and SPCA 30. The Amiot 140 was a high-winged cantilever monoplane of all-metal construction, with corrugated wing skinning and a fixed tail wheel undercarriage. The pilot sat in an open cockpit, with cockpits for gunners in the nose and dorsal positions. A glazed gondola under the forward fuselage carried a bombardier/gunner, ensuring that the gunners had a clear field of fire all around the aircraft. The Amiot was intended to be powered by two 515 kW (690 hp) Lorraine 18G Orion water-cooled W engines but these were unavailable and the first prototype was fitted with Hispano-Suiza 12Nbr engines to allow flight testing, making its maiden flight on 12 April 1931. The second prototype was completed in February 1932 but the continued non-availability of its intended engines, either the original Lorraine-Dietrichs or turbocharged Hispano-Suizas, meant that it never flew. Despite this, on 23 November 1933 an order was placed for 40 Amiot 140s, to be powered by 662 kW (880 hp) Lorraine 12Q Eider engines.

  • CountryBurundi
  • Year2015
  • Face Value5000 Francs
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)20
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)1.931
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The coin is dominated by a splendid full and vivid colour design portraying the airplane and the name of the series "History of Aviation". The unique design highlights the particular landscape and dynamics of the plane that seems to come out of the coin and continue his journey. A stylized plane and the instrumentation style around the coin complete the elegant design. On the back is depicted the year of issue, the nominal value and the coat of arms of the Republic of Burundi.