Like modern engines of change, the locomotives of Canada have been instrumental in shaping our nation throughout its 150 years of history. These steam- and diesel-powered vehicles were at the heart of Confederation; helped link two of Canada’s coasts; opened up the west to new settlement, and laid the foundations of the multicultural society Canadians enjoy today. They have had an impact on all aspects of Canadian life; by transporting people and goods across this vast nation, the engines featured in the Locomotives Across Canada series of coins represent a historical snapshot of a nation coming into its own, helped by a spirit of innovation that persists today! An ideal 3-coin gift for any train enthusiast! Coins in your set include. Coin 1: The 4-4-0 locomotive. Coin 2: The RS 20 locomotive. Coin 3: The GE ES44AC locomotive. Even the finest details shine in each meticulous design, thanks to the precision engraving, and the use of multiple finishes that add subtle contrasts. The selective application of gold plating shines the spotlight on each locomotive, while the gold-plated effigy ensures an elegance that makes this a truly exceptional keepsake. FREE EMBOSSED METAL TIN DISPLAY BOX! Order this set and receive an embossed metal tin box with your third coin to display all three coins! LIMITED MINTAGE: Only 7,500 coins will be made available worldwide. Hurry and order yours today before they are all gone! ONE-OUNCE 99.99% PURE SILVER COINS! Your coins are GST/HST exempt! Designed by Canadian artist David A. Oram, the first coin in your set transports you to Toronto, ON, in the year of Confederation: 1867. The selective application of gold plating immediately draws the eye to the 4-4-0 locomotive of the Great Western Railway (GWR) in the foreground. The left-side three-quarter view allows for a thorough examination of the steam engine’s defining characteristicsfrom the balloon smoke stack and large driving wheels to the cattle guardall rendered in outstanding detail. In the background, the arched train shed of GWR’s Yonge Street passenger station adds an architectural point of interest, while the horse-drawn carriage waiting trackside completes this meticulously engraved snapshot of a bygone era. On track to Confederationand beyond. Named for its wheel configuration of four leading (front) wheels and four driving ones, the iconic 4-4-0 “American” type of locomotive looms large in Canada’s railway history as the quintessential all-purpose locomotive of its time. The height of the 4-4-0’s popularity coincided with Confederationa time when Canadian union hinged on the promise of a railway link, which was fulfilled in the east with the completion of the Intercolonial Railway in 1872. By then, the 4-4-0 represented the overwhelming majority of the steam locomotives in service, including those that helped open the continent to new settlement in the west. Design adjustments and a larger boiler size resulted in more powerful 4-4-0 engines; but tasked with increasingly heavier loads, the 4-4-0’s limited firing capacity eventually led to its falling out of favour when larger engines (such as the Ten-Wheelers) entered the fray. Canada’s love for railroads began with the first railway constructed in 1836: the Champlain and Saint Lawrence Rail Road. Prior to 1853, all locomotives in British North America were imported from the United States or from Great Britain. On April 16, 1853, the Toronto Locomotive Work completed work on the first locomotive built in Canada: a 4-4-0 steam engine known as the. Your coins are each encapsulated and presented in a beautiful embossed metal tin that complements the theme and adds a sense of nostalgia to this collecting experience. 99.99% pure silver. Oram, John Mantha (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse). I do leave feedback for everyone. The item “2017 Locomotives Across Canada 1 oz $20 Pure Silver 3-Coin Set with Display Case” is in sale since Saturday, June 17, 2017. This item is in the category “Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ Canada\Commemorative”. The seller is “coins.4.fun” and is located in Richmond Hill, Ontario. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Circulated/Uncirculated: Uncirculated
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Canada
- Country of Manufacture: Canada
- Grade: Ungraded
- Certification: Uncertified