2004 Silver Proof £5 Coin - Flying Scotsman

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Designed by chief engineer Sir Nigel Gresley, Flying Scotsman A1 Class 7P6F4--6-2 broke world records for the newly established LNER in the 1920s and 30s.  The huge locomotive used new high-pressure boilers and modified valve gear to improve performance and reduce coal consumption.  It ran non-stop from London to Edinburgh, at 392.75 miles the longest non-stop journey in the world.  In 1934 Flying Scotsman achieved the first authenticated 100-mph by a steam locomotive.  Flying Scotsman was sold for preservation in 1963 - the only one of its class to survive.  in 1973 Sir William McAlpine returned the world-famous locomotive to Britain.  In 1995 it was purchased by Dr Tony Marchison and fully restored at a cost of £750,000.  Sir William McAloine, TV's "steam champion" Fred Dibnah and Chief Engineer Roland Kennington have all individually hand-signed the cover.

The superb Royal Mint £5 Silver Proof Coin also features Flying Scotsman.  The stamp on the cover is part of the acclaimed Royal Mail Classic Locomotives issue.  This stunning landscape format stamp features a preserved steam locomotive and celebrates the 200th anniversary of the first steam locomotive. 

The cover is postmarked on the exact anniverary date, 21st February 2004 at King's Cross, London.

With an edition limit of just 950, the Signed Silver Proof Coin Cover salutes those people who helped change the world through steam.  The coin is beautifully presented and housed in a black presentation folder, with a Certificate of Authenticity.


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