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Numismatics. Railway is dedicated to …

Coins for millennia are not only a means of payment, but also the subject of art coinage. Since ancient times, each state on the main side of its banknote has sought to express its “face”: the characteristics of the country, important historical dates. In the numismatic collections there are also thematic issues. So, the railway theme is traced on the coins of 14 countries, including Russia. Ahead of the whole planet in this respect are the island states of Cuba, Caicos and Marshall Islands, in the piggy bank of which there are more than 10 coins with views of old steam locomotives.

So, steam locomotives are immortalized on Cuban pesos three times: in 1989, in denominations of 1 peso in copper-nickel alloy, in 1983 and 1988 in silver, respectively, 10 and 20 pesos.Three coins – three historical events, reflecting the anniversary dates of the launch of the first railways: in England (160th anniversary), in Spanish Cuba (150th anniversary), in Spain (140th anniversary).

But not only the legendary Jefferson locomotive was given the attention of Cubans. The first European locomotives also took pride of place on Cuban coins. The beginning of the railway era in Germany (1835), in England (1848), in Switzerland (1847) found expression in the serial 1996 issue of silver coins of 10 pesos each. Even the protagonist of westerns – a steam locomotive with a characteristic protective grille flaunts on silver 5 pesos, issued in 1983.

The Pacific Marshall Islands also contributed to the general railway business in 1996. The famous locomotives of the passenger express trains “Big Boy”, “RENEF Class 242”, “FS Group 691”, “SAR Class 520”, “Morning Star”, QJ “Advance Forward”, “SNCF 232.U1”, “Royal” cast in brass Hudson ”,“ C62 Swallow ”,“ Pennsylvania K4 ”and“ DB class 01 ”can be seen on 11 metal bars worth $ 20.

Attention is drawn to the New Year coin from the Isle of Man, which is located in the aforementioned strait, which is produced exclusively for Christmas. Holders of a 50-peso coin, released in 1984, may consider an old steam locomotive carrying the gift of Santa Claus to the joy of meeting children of Santa Claus.

Switzerland and Austria reflected on the obverse of their jubilee coins in honor of the 150th anniversary of the railway “era” today – electric locomotives, though not forgetting about the “progenitor” – a train with a cargo tender on the reverse. At the first, this date was immortalized in 2001 at 50 francs with silver, the other – in 1987 at 500 shillings of the same metal.

Brazil in the years 1936-1938 carried out a thematic issue of coins in denominations of 200 flights, which to this day are in free circulation, and millions of people count money with “locomotives” in their wallets. Nobody followed the example of Brazil.

The silver 2500 tugriks of 1995 birth mark the Mongolian transit section of the Moscow-Beijing route. This coin captures the moment of passing the train with a locomotive in the head across the bridge.

And finally, Russia in 1994-95. in honor of the 100th anniversary of Transsib, numismatic collections were replenished with the release of 3 commemorative coins: 1 gold and 2 silver. The crossed anchor and ax as the emblem of the communication lines of the Russian Empire and the coat of arms of Siberia are their unchanged attributes. In addition, on the golden 25-ruble coin, we see a locomotive that broke through the tunnel, and on the same silver coin – a section of the laying path, again with the locomotive at the “start”. The relief of a 3-ruble silver coin is displayed by a steam locomotive that crosses the bridge over the Ob and a route map from Chelyabinsk to Vladivostok.

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