This envelope has the $2.10 stamp commemorating Harry Houdini’s powered flight in Australia in 1910 as well as the UNC One Dollar coin released at the same time which is also emblazoned with Houdini’s Voison airplane.
Perth mint release of this stamp and coin pack.
They sold out very quickly
The $1 coin made from aluminium bronze in uncirculated quality.
The coin’s reverse portrays a representation of famous escapologist Harry Houdini’s Voisin bi-plane, which he flew successfully at Diggers Rest, near Melbourne, 100 years ago in March. As well as The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark, the design incorporates the inscription AUSTRALIAN CENTENARY OF FLIGHT DIGGERS REST 18th MARCH 1910.
The coin is housed in an illustrated envelope bearing a commemorative $2.10 Australia Post stamp depicting Houdini’s aircraft.
Each Stamp and Coin Cover features Australia Post’s numbered seal of authenticity.
The stamp is cancelled with a special postmark containing the words FIRST DAY OF ISSUE 9 MARCH 2010 DIGGERS REST VICTORIA 3427.
According to the criteria set by the Royal Aero Club of Great Britain, the first sustained and controlled flight in a powered aircraft was made by the Englishman Colin Defries on 9 December 1909 at Victoria Park racecourse atn Sydney. The plane was a modified Wright Model A named “The Stella”. On 18 March 1910, at Diggers Rest, Victoria, the American escapologist Harry Houdini made the first of several well-publicised flights in Australia. His aircraft was a fully imported Voisin bearing his name emblazoned on the tail. John Duigan was the first Australian to successfully fly an Australian designed and constructed powered aircraft. On 7 October 1910, Duigan’s self-designed biplane flew a total of 180 metres at a speed of 64kph and reached an altitude of 3.4 metres at his family property at Mia Mia, Victoria.
*All details taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only.