101715 | ARGENTINA. Railroad bronze Medal.
101715 | ARGENTINA. Railroad bronze Medal. Issued 1907. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first Argentine railway (60mm, 94.14 g, 12h). By J. Gottuzzo.
• • • PRIMER FERRO–CARRIL • • • / PARQUE Á FLORESTA-11-KILOMETROS / 30 • AGOSTO • 1857, locomotive (La Porteña) approaching right through countryside; garlanded laurel branches below / • FERRO–CARRILES ARGENTINOS - 50º ANIVERSARIO - 30 AGOSTO 1907 • / LONGITUD ACTUAL 22,500 KILOMETROS, winged Genius in flight left, holding up torch; winged iron wheel below, implements of commerce and industry around; in background, locomotive approaching left. Edge: Plain.
Choice About Uncirculated. Brown-bronze surfaces, with just a few light stains.
Travel by rail began in 1857, as the Ferrocarril Oeste de Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires Western Railway) inaugurated what would become an extensive rail system in the decades to come. The first engine to ride these rails, La Porteña (depicted on this medal), was built by the British firm E.B. Wilson & Company in Leeds.
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