The Perth Mint has struck a silver dollar coin to commemorate the Australian Centenary of Flight. An isolated nation with a vast interior, Australia had much to gain from the development of successful flying machines at the beginning of the 20th century.
"To promote interest in aviation, the Australian Aerial League invited Harry Houdini to demonstrate his flying skills while on tour here in 1910," the Mint expalians. " The famous escapologist took-off at Diggers Rest, near Melbourne, on 18 March. A short flight of about a minute’s duration was followed by a second flight that saw him rise 100 feet, remaining airborne for almost five minutes. With a third successful attempt that day, Houdini is regarded as having completed the first sustained flight in Australia.