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VR CLASS HR 1 History Of Railroads Train Silver Coin 5$ Liberia 2011


"History of Railroads" proof series is dominated by a splendid full-colour design portraying the world's most well known trains. This issue honors the VR Class Hr 1, it was the largest passenger express steam locomotive built in Finland. Official legal tender of Liberia, each coin is an extremely exclusive limited edition.

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VR Class Hr 1
Hr1 class (original classification P1) was the largest passenger express steam locomotive built in Finland. Twenty-two were built between the years 1937–1957. They were numbered 1000-1021.
In the thirties there was a need for faster and heavier express trains in Finland, and the Hv1 - Hv3 classes were not powerful enough to fill the need. Lokomo Oy in Tampere built first two prototypes, and after successful trials 20 more were built. Most of the locomotives were fitted with Wagner-type smoke deflectors, but the last two, which were equipped with roller bearings, had Witte-type deflectors.
The nickname of the locomotive was "Ukko-Pekka" meaning approximately "Grandpa Pekka", after the President of Finland Pehr Evind Svinhufvud.
The Hr1 was built for coal firing, but during the coal shortage after the war in 1945, birch wood was used as fuel. Larger chimneys needed for extinguishing wood sparks were temporarily fitted.

  • CountryLiberia
  • Year2011
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)20
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)1.937
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The coin is dominated by a splendid full and vivid colour design portraying a Finnish steam locomotive. The coin’s obverse depicts the Liberian Republic emblem.