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MAV 220 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 MAV-220 steam locomotive. This 4-4-0 type locomotive was devoloped in Hungary in the late 19th century. Official legal tender of Liberia, each coin is an extremely exclusive limited edition.

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MAV 220
The Hungarian railways were in lack of powerful and speedy fast train locomotives. After founding MÁV in 1868 the Class I. which was foreseen for fast train locos, was an empty Class. The first Class I. machines purchased from Austria were weak and hard to maintain. The first locos designed directly for MÁV service were the later Class 220 units were also poorly suited for the needs. When they appeared they were rather heavy, thus a lighter version was designed, the later Class 221. This was, however, rather error prone and thus shortly later, when the track maintenance allowed, the heavier Class 220 was purchased again. In parallel with these locos a new, much more powerful Class was developed, the larger Woolf-tandem Class 222. This was a successful construction but its complex tandem machine was expensive to build and difficult to maintain. Thus in the last years of the 19th century both Classes were purchased in parallel.
In the year 1900 the Hungarian Locomotive manufacturer MÁVAG designed a new, modern, high boilered locomotive, the Class 201 Atlantic and her compaund engine sister, the Class 202. Long trials followed with these new locos but it turned out, due to their relatively small boiler they were not basically more powerful than the earlier Class 222. No series production followed the prototypes.
A new high powered Atlantic was designed instead, the later Class 203. The members of this Class were powerful enough, but due to the 4-4-2 arrangement these engines had limited traction force to haul heavy Pullmann-type cars. Thus MÁV cancelled the order after putting 24 engines in service and required a new, even more powerful design with 4-6-2 Pacific arrangement.

  • CountryLiberia
  • Year2011
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)20
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)1.881
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The coin is dominated by a splendid full and vivid colour design portraying a Hungarian steam locomotive. The coin’s obverse depicts the Liberian Republic emblem.