From flying members of the royal family and past prime ministers around the world, to having the chief of defence staff singing him Happy Birthday, ex RAF serviceman, Paul Passmore has some incredibly interesting stories to tell about his time in the RAF.
We were lucky enough to catch up with him as the RAF’s poignant centenary year draws to a close.
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Back in 2008, legendary Australian rock band AC/DC announced their first stadium tour in eight years to coincide with the release of their new ‘Black Ice’ album – it was aptly named the ‘Black Ice World Tour’.
It transpired that absence had only made the heart grow fonder and all 18 dates sold out in record time. In fact, unprecedented fan response forced additional shows in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Oakland.
Another sell out
Now, 10 years on, the band are celebrating another record sell out. Clearly the appetite for all things AC/DC related has only increased.
An officially licensed 2oz silver ‘Black Ice’ coin was issued and the worldwide edition limit of just 999 was completely sold out before the coin had even been released.
The coin design features the ‘Black Ice’ album cover artwork, combining selective colour, high relief created using state of the art smartminting and a stunning black proof finish.
AC/DC’s legendary ‘Black Ice’ album debuted at No.1 on album charts in 29 countries and has been certified Multi-Platinum in eight countries. It’s easy to see why this coin is in such demand.
Remarkably, another AC/DC coin, recently Issued by The Royal Australian Mint, sold out in less than 24 hours – that had an edition limit of 30,000! I cannot remember anything from this mint ever selling out so fast and amazingly this was only available to collectors in Australia and New Zealand.
This highlights the huge popularity but also the incredible scarcity of AC/DC commemorative coins around the world.
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We have ONLY 15 of these hugely sought after Official AC/DC Black Ice Silver 2oz Coin available for collectors.They are totally SOLD OUT at the mint, meaning we will not be able to source anymore. Don’t miss out on the collector’s coin of the year.
All those in full time education on the Isle of Man recently received a specially minted coin to mark the First World War Armistice Centenary.
In a move designed to ensure the younger generations do not forget the sacrifices made by those who fought in First World War, they were each given a distinctive 50p coin featuring selectively coloured red poppies. Each coin, commissioned by the Treasury, was presented in its own individual display case to ensure that it could be kept safe and handed down to future generations.
The reverse of this coin features the First World War soldier from the Douglas war memorial, with the words ‘Their name liveth for evermore’ and the dates ‘1914 1918’, beneath which are the Roman numerals ‘XI.XI.XI’ as a reminder of the final time and date of the War’s end.
Coins to enter circulation
There’s also great news for collectors on the Island as Cupro-Nickel versions of these coins, without the selective colouring, will be released into general circulation.
A launch event was held at the Legislative Buildings on the Island with the President of Tynwald, Speaker of the House of Keys, the Chief Minister and Treasury Minister in attendance, along with a number of other specially invited guests.
Specially commissioned Proof version
Working in partnership with the IOM Government, The Westminster Collection developed a proof version of this hugely poignant coin, struck to the highest possible finish. When you consider the importance of the centenary anniversary alongside the tiny worldwide edition limit of just 1,950,it comes as no surprise that they sold out in a matter of days.
However, The Westminster Collection are also offering specially struck collector quality “Brilliant Uncirculated” coins that are guaranteed not to have the scratches and chips of normal circulation coins.
What’s more, this coin has been officially approved and produced in partnership with The Royal British Legion.
10% from the sale of each coin will be donated to the Legion who provide lifelong support for the Armed Forces community- serving men and women, veterans and their families.
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Today you can secure your very own First World War Centenary 50p. All you have to do is click here >>