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2004 First Steam Locomotive £2 Piedfort Silver Proof

2004 First Steam Locomotive £2 Piedfort Silver Proof
In 1804 Richard Trevithick revolutionised steam power by devising the first steam-driven locomotive engine. Steam engines had been used since the early eighteenth century, but Trevithick revolutionised these often unreliable and unwieldy steam machines. The first journey of Trevithick’s new locomotive was along the Merthyr Tydfil tramroad; it carried an impressive 10 tons of iron, 5 wagons and 70 men 9.75 miles in just over 4 hours. 200 years on, this innovation was commemorated with a Two Pound Piedfort silver proof coin from The Royal Mint. This 2004 coin features a reverse by Robert Lowe, showing Trevithick’s’ locomotive Penydarren which was named after the ward where the engine began it’s first journey. The image shows the engine sitting in a frame of a cogwheel, representing the Industrial Revolution which the new technology kick started. The legend reads ‘R TREVITHICK 1804 INVENTION OF INDUSTRY PROGRESS 2004’. On the obverse is Ian Rank-Broadley’s regal portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. This double thickness coin is from a limited issue of 5,303, struck to proof standard in 24.00 grams of .925 sterling silver. It’s offered in its original packaging from The Royal Mint which includes a certificate of authenticity.
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Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley. Fourth official effigy. Legend around: 'ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 2009'.


Trevithick's first steam locomotive engine surrounded by cog design. Legend: 'R. TREVITHICK 1804 INVENTION INDUSTRY PROGRESS 2004'. Artist: Robert Lowe.


Proof coin. 24.00 grams of .925 sterling silver with band of fine gold plating. Diameter 28.40 millimetres. Face value £2 / Two Pound.


One of 5,303 in this presentation. Presented in the original box with its certificate of authenticity. 


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