Description

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.

Obverse

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.

Karl Gölsdorf continually utilized the emerging technologies of the time. His Class 310 locomotive of 1911, a six-coupled express locomotive with a four-cylinder, superheated compound engine, was one of the most elegant of its day and, since the reactivation of no. 310.23 in 1986, currently the most well-known product of the Austrian design engineer.

Engraver: Thomas Pesendorfer

REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH
20
EURO
2008
TP
DAMPFLOKOMOTIVE
kkStB 310

Reverse

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.

The first station was built during the construction of the North railway, it was opened on 6 January 1838 as k.k. Nordbahnhof (Imperial and Royal North railway station) in the style in which the names of virtually all public works were rendered at the time. Due to rapidly rising passenger numbers, the station became too small very quickly and had to be rebuilt. Between 1858 and 1865, the station building in the vicinity of Praterstern was built. Like all other stations in Vienna at this time, the Northern Station was planned to be an exhibition building. Several architects were assigned to planning the building, interior decorating was done by sculptors and fresco painters. The station was opened on 15 November 1865. In the days of Austria-Hungary, the station was one of the most significant stations in Europe and Vienna's primary railway stations, connecting Vienna with Brno, Prague and Warsaw. For many immigrants, it was the door to Vienna.

Engraver: Helmut Andexlinger

NORDBAHNHOF
WIEN

Edge

20 Euro

KM# 3161
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.900
Weight 20 g
Diameter 34 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Austrian Mint

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