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Electric Train Next in Series
By World Coin News

The advent of the electric train is celebrated with the fifth coin in the Austrian Mint's Austrian Railways Series. Issue date for the 20-euro silver proof coin is June 17.

The coin's obverse shows an electric engine model 1189, nicknamed a "Crocodile," emerging from the western exit of the Arlberg tunnel in the western area of the Austrian Alps. The tunnel, opened in 1978, is a tribute to Austrian tunnel engineering. This side of the coin also displays the country of issue, "Republik Oesterreich," the face value of 20 euros and the year of issue, 2009.

The reverse is an alpine scene of the Trisanna Bridge on the Arlberg line with Wiesburg Castle and the mountains in the background. A passenger train pulled by the electric engine model 1100 is crossing the bridge that, at its opening in 1884, ranked as the world's longest arched steel railway bridge.

The railway coin is struck in 900 fine silver, contains 18 grams of pure silver and is 34 mm in diameter. The issue carries a maximum mintage of 50,000.

The coin is encapsulated and comes in a box with and individually numbered certificate of authenticity.

A wooden case for the whole collection, decorated on the top with a technical-style drawing of an early locomotive and its coal tender, reproduced on a silver-gray metal plaque, is available for purchase separately.

Collectors in the U.S. and Canada may purchase the Electric Railway coin for $64.50 each by calling Euro Collections International toll-free at (877) 897-7696. It may also be ordered online at www.eurocollections.com.


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