New Zealand Mint's 1930's Classic Racers Four Coin Set features four classic aircraft from the 1930s. During this era major advancements were made in aviation. While planes before this time were unreliable, the modern-day plane was born during the 30s. The decade produced aircraft that was sleek and powerful. Four of the most famous racing planes derived from this era: the Gee Bee, the Hughes H-1 Racer, the Polikarpov I-16 and the Supermarine S-6B.
The Gee Bee was created for special racing purposes by Granville Brothers Aircraft in Springfield, Massachusetts. Notable for its unconventional design, the Gee Bee had a teardrop-shaped body for low wind resistance.
Built in 1935 by Hughes Aircraft, the Hughes H-1 Racer set the airspeed record and transcontinental speed record across the United States. Many new design techniques were used on the H-1, including flush rivets and retractable landing gear.
The Polikarpov I-16 was the backbone of the Soviet Air Force during the initial stages of World War II. It was the world's first monoplane fighter to have a low-wing cantilever and retractable landing gear.
In efforts to compete in the 1931 Schneider Trophy competition, the Supermarine S-6B was built. Developer R.J. Mitchell built the plane for the Supermarine company, and upon completion said he had perfected the design of the racing seaplane.
The production is limited to a mintage of only 6,000 sets. These colorized coins are legal tender of the Cook Islands and have a 1 dollar face value. Struck from 1 oz of .999 pure silver, the coins are packaged in a crafted wooden collector's box with numbered COA.