This page contains information about the coin struck to mark the 200th Anniversary of the first steam locomotive by Richard Trevithick.You can use the coin quick links below to find key information fast.
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Richard Trevithick was born in 1771 and became an engineer, with his greatest achievement the successful use of high-pressure steam in his 1804 locomotive. On 21st February 1804, his locomotive became the first to use high-pressure steam to transport 10 tons of iron and 70 men over almost 10 miles. This was a great engineering milestone, and changed the way that steam was used.
This coin, issued in 2004, represents Trevithick's steam locomotive, surrounded by a cog with key details around the outside. This reverse design is by Robert Lowe and was accompanied by the obverse from Ian Rank-Broadley. The edge inscription is of a railway line pattern.
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