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BULLET TRAIN Shinkansen Japan Railway Express 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 Shinkansen, also known as the "Bullet Train", a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan. Official legal tender of Liberia, each coin is an extremely exclusive limited edition.

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Bullet Train
The Shinkansen, also known as the "Bullet Train", is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan operated by four Japan Railways Group companies. Starting with the Tokaido Shinkansen in 1964, the network has expanded to currently consist of 2,387.7 km of lines.
Shinkansen literally means new trunk line, referring to the tracks, but the name is widely used inside and outside Japan to refer to the trains as well as the system as a whole. The name Superexpress, initially used for Hikari trains, was retired in 1972 but is still used in English-language announcements and signage.
Japan was the first country to build dedicated railway lines for high speed travel. Because of the mountainous terrain, the existing network consisted of 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) narrow gauge lines, which generally took indirect routes and could not be adapted to higher speeds. Consequently, Japan had a greater need for new high speed lines than countries where the existing standard gauge or broad gauge rail system had more upgrade potential.
Among the key people credited with the construction of the first Shinkansen are, Hideo Shima, the Chief Engineer, and Shinji Sogo, the first President of Japan National Railways (JNR) who managed to persuade politicians to back the plan. Other significant people responsible for its technical development were, Tadanao Miki, Tadashi Matsudaira, and Hajime Kawanabe based at the Railway Technology Research Institute (RTRI), part of JNR. They were responsible for much of the technical development of the first line, the Tokaido Shinkansen. All three had worked on aircraft design during World War II.

  • CountryLiberia
  • Year2011
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)20
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)1.997
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The coin is dominated by a splendid full and vivid colour design portraying one of the Japanese's most well known trains "SHINKANSEN" upon its broad. The coin’s obverse depicts the Liberian Republic emblem.