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The Case of the Lost Coins is the first short story in the eighth anthology of Biggles Air Police short stories entitled Biggles Flies to Work. The anthology was first published in September, 1963,

SynopsisEdit

This is another "retrieval story" where Biggles is sent to retrieve something much like in The Case of the Mandarin's Treasure Chest. Rather implausibly, the British authorities sanction Biggles to fly to Albania and retrieve a valuable collection of coins which the owner has presented to the British Museum.

PlotEdit

CharactersEdit

The Special Air Police/Scotland YardEdit

  • Air Commodore Raymond
  • Biggles
  • Algy Lacey
  • Ginger Hebblethwaite
  • Bertie Lissie

OthersEdit

AircraftEdit

PlacesEdit

VisitedEdit

  • Delvaros - on the Albanian coast of the Adriatic Sea

MentionedEdit

Research NotesEdit

References to the pastEdit

IncongruitiesEdit

  • Johns mentions that with a range of more than 2,000 miles, the Gadfly could fly from Britain to Albania and return without an intermediate stop. In actual fact, the distance from London to any point on the Albanian coast is roughly 1,100 miles or more. Biggles, as an experienced aviator would have wanted an adequate reserve. The range of the Gadfly would not have been enough. The "more than" refers to a very large number. Biggles would have been better off refueling at Malta--he had done that before in Biggles' Combined Operation.

ChronologyEdit

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