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The quarter century of optimism, peace and comfort in Europe before the outbreak of the First World War, the Belle Époque was the period when Vienna was at the forefront of world culture. Also the heyday of the age of steam, it is the elegant third 20 euro silver coin in the Austrian Railways series.
Not only did they revolutionised industry and commerce, the railways brought freedom and mobility to a broad sector of society by making travel fast and affordable. The growth in passenger traffic led to the construction of magnificent railway stations in all of Europe’s great cities and Vienna was no exception.
Each coin comes in a case with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
Depicts a sleek and steaming type 310 locomotive. Built in Vienna by engineer Karl Gölsdorf between 1911 and 1916, the 310 was the locomotive of choice for powering express trains to and from the imperial capital at that time.
Depicts the hall of the second Vienna North railway station (the jewel in Vienna’s transport crown). On the left there is a train stopping at the arrival platform. In the foreground there is an elegant society lady, symbolising the Belle Époque of rail travel, awaits passengers disembarking a train.