SWITZERLAND 20 francs 2008 Railroad Proof

$45.00

SWITZERLAND, 20 francs, 2008, Reverse: VITZNAU-RIGI BAHN, silver, 0.5947 ozT, Proof

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Description

The Vitznau-Rigi Kuom Bahn was Europe’s first cogwheel mountain railway, opened in 1871. It is still in operation, running between Lake Lucerne and Mount Rigi, where there is a Mineral Water Spa.

The modern Swiss Confederation dates from 1848. There had been several previous federations from the 13th century. They began making national coins in 1850.

The political arrangements that resulted in the nations of modern Europe began to emerge out of local autonomy starting in the 7th century AD or so. Europe, for our purposes, stretches from Greenland to somewhere in Russia. Collectors of Europe would likely include Russia. Collectors of Asia, even though about 2/3 of Russia is in Asia, probably not.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.