16th May 1943 – just as the sun was setting on a cool spring evening, an elite group of RAF bombers assembled. Ready to take on one of the most daring missions of the Second World War.
In the quiet depths of a moonlit night, there emerged a force unparalleled in unwavering bravery. The gallant Lancaster Bombers charged, the sound of the engines thundering, as the moon cast its gentle glow upon the waters below, the Dambusters descended with unwavering precision, their eyes fixed upon the objective.
Their target? Right in the heartland of industrial Germany lay three Dams, identified by the British War Cabinets as important strategic targets which could change the course of the War. The operation required a degree of skill and accuracy never before attained with previous technology.
And so came one of the most ingenious developments to come out of Wartime Britain. A bomb that could, believe it or not, bounce along the surface of the water. The backspin on the bomb meant it could reach the target Dam, before sinking to the base and detonating at the source, causing mass destruction.
It was this, combined with the unparalleled courage and audacity of the Dambuster pilots, that the mission became one of the most famous air operations of the Second World War.
19 crews set out that night. 8 never returned.
Eight decades have passed since that fateful night when the courageous souls of the Royal Air Force, soared into the unknown. And to mark an event that was so influential to Britain’s success during the war, a remarkable precious metal coin range has been authorised by Buckingham Palace, approved by King Charles III.
And we have extremely limited stock available at CPM Prestige.
Take a look below to see the highlights…
This extremely rare 5oz Silver coin has been authorised for release to mark the 80th Anniversary of Dambusters Raid. The coin has been struck from 5oz of Pure .999 Silver to a pristine Proof Finish. The coin features an iconic scene of the Raid, which is depicted across the incredible 65mm surface of the coin and features partial selective print on the Union Jack flag.
Issued by Guernsey, this huge 100mm diameter coin has been struck from 10oz of .999 Pure Silver to a pristine Proof finish. Due to the size of the surface, this coin allows collectors to appreciate the smallest details of the design. The specifications of this coin make it one of the rarest of the Dambusters range and highly sought after by collectors.
Struck from specially sourced blanks, these coins are subject to an extremely low edition limit. JUST 55 have been issued in the world due to the skill and difficulty it takes to mint gold of this purity. To compare, the prestigious Gold Sovereign is traditionally struck from 91.67% gold – meaning this really is a coin not to be missed.
Issued under both Jersey and Guernsey the prestigious Dambusters Gold Proof £5 Pair feature two remarkable designs that really capture the essence of the success story, that is the Dambusters Raid.
Both struck from 99.99% Gold, this pair come packaged together with their very own certificate of authenticity, protectively encapsulated so they can be treasured for years to come.