- In honour of the 185th anniversary of the first train on the European mainland
- First Belgian coin that implements the multiview technique!
- Due to the multiview technique multiple images are visible when the coin is tilted.
- Strictly limited edition maximum 5,000 coins world wide
- Accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity in luxury window case
- A beautiful souvenir of a special event in history
The first Belgian train ride is of historical importance
On 1 May 1834, King Leopold I signed the law supporting the creation of the Belgian railway system. One year later, on 5 May 1835, the first Belgian railway line was opened. For the first time in history a train rode on the European mainland, between Brussels and Mechelen. Three steam locomotives, manufactured in Great Britain, rode in one line and transported 900 passengers in 30 carriages:
- La Flèche (“arrow”): seven open carriages with benches for people of good descent.
- Stephenson: seven open and covered carriages.
- L’Éléphant (“elephant”): sixteen open carriages with benches.
This route marked the beginning of the rich history of Belgian railways and was the driving force behind Belgium's industrial success in the 19th century.
Special and technical design
For the first time in Belgian numismatics the multiview technique was applied to a coin: different images are visible when the coin is tilted. The first train route between Brussels and Mechelen is visible, just as the names of the three locomotives from the first train ride and the current Belgian railway system. On the foreground of the coin it seems like the locomotive L’Éléphant rides out of the coin. The grid of the rails in the frame give the coin a sense of speed and movement.