2020 €20 austrian Mint dedicated to Airbus A380
- May 08, 2020
“Above the Clouds”, the third stopover in the Reaching for the Sky series, célébrâtes the world’s largest passenger airliner, the Airbus A380.
Commercial air travel has come a very long away since the first commercial flights got underway between Berlin and Weimar in 1919, although the cramped and unheated cabins of the aircraft could only hold a handful of passengers, who on occasion would have to be weighed to make sure the payload was not too heavy for take-off.
But by 1928, German airline Lufthansa was providing a full menu to its passengers aboard the Junkers JU 52. The British 20-seat Vickers VC 1 Viking took things further in the decade after the Second World War when transatlantic flights also commenced. Wide-bodied jet aircraft put air travel, and eventually long-haul destinations, within the reach of the masses from the 1970s onwards. With its two passenger decks, the 850-seat Airbus A380 went into service in 2007.
An A380 is shown landing at a busy airport on the coin’s reverse, while a Vickers VC 1 Viking features on the obverse along with the Golden Gate bridge, the Statue of Liberty and some palm trees, all of which symbolise long-haul tourism.
The forecast mintage is of 30,000 coins in Proof quality, each €20 silver coin (925 Ag, 2/3 ounce) out of this series comes in an attractive case with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
Sources: Austrian Mint and NUMISMAG.