Obverse. Photo © Austrian Mint
  • 20 Euro 2007, KM# 3151, Austria, Austrian Railways, South Railways Vienna-Triest
  • 20 Euro 2007, KM# 3151, Austria, Austrian Railways, South Railways Vienna-Triest
  • 20 Euro 2007, KM# 3151, Austria, Austrian Railways, South Railways Vienna-Triest

Connecting landlocked Vienna to the port of Trieste, the Imperial-Royal South Railway was vital to the Habsburg Empire for both trade and tourism. The superb second 20 euro silver coin in the Austrian Railways series charting the history of rail in Austria commemorates the 150th anniversary of the line’s completion in 1857.

The Southern Railway (German: Südbahn) is a railway in Austria that runs from Vienna to Graz and the border with Slovenia at Spielfeld via Semmering and Bruck an der Mur. It was originally built by the Austrian Southern Railway company and ran to Ljubljana and Trieste, the main seaport of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy; a main obstacle in its construction was getting over the Semmering Pass over the Northern Limestone Alps. The twin-track, electrified section that runs through the current territory of Austria is owned and operated by Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) and is one of the major lines in the country.

Each coin comes in a case with a numbered certificate of authenticity.


One of the numerous viaducts bridging the mountain valleys is shown on the coin’s obverse behind the Steinbrück, the locomotive specially built for the railway in 1848 by the Wien-Gloggnitzer Railway Works. Retired in 1879. The oldest existing Austrian steam locomotive. She was built with American locomotives in mind, which can be seen from the arrangement of the cylinders and the additional truck.

The engine “Steinbrück” can be seen today in the Technical Museum in Vienna.

Engraver: Herbert Wähner



Depicts the harbour city of Trieste with the locomotive Type 17c372 getting out of the viaduct leading to the railway station. In the background sailing ships can be seen.

The Free Port of Trieste is a port in the Adriatic Sea in Trieste, Italy. In the 1770s and 1780s, the Trieste Company (sometimes known as the "Austrian East India Company") attempted to connect directly the Habsburg Empire to the Indian and Chinese markets. It appeared that it was necessary to enlarge the port infrastructure and the railway network. In 1857 the Südbahn (Southern) Railway line became operational along the northeastern route: Trieste, Postojna, Ljubljana, Graz, Vienna, with further links to Budapest and the Balkans. The railway element was central in the design of the port structures. In Trieste it was the Lagerhäuser system of Northern European ports that was used as a model. A French engineer, Paulin Talabot, designed the project. 1868 marks the beginning of Trieste as a commercial port whose infrastructures were to be developed in four different periods.

Engraver: Thomas Pesendorfer



20 Euro

Austrian Railways
South Railways Vienna-Triest

Subscribe series
KM# 3151
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.900
Weight 20 g
Diameter 34 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Austrian Mint

Related coins

Emperor Ferdinand Northern Railway

Austrian Railways

Silver, 20 g, ⌀ 34 mm
Empress Elisabeth Western Railway

Austrian Railways

Silver, 20 g, ⌀ 34 mm
Belle Époque

Austrian Railways

Silver, 20 g, ⌀ 34 mm