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Canada 2010 Great Canadian Locomotives #3 - Selkirk 2-10-4 Railroad Train Engine $20 Pure Silver Proof with Edge Lettering

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Celebrate the era of streamlined steam with this pure silver proof, featuring edge lettering!

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Sold out at the Mint! In 1929, the Montreal Locomotive Works built a new series of large 2-10-4 engines for Canadian Pacific Railway to handle the heavy grades between Calgary (Alberta) and Revelstoke (British Columbia). Named for the Selkirk Mountains that they crossed, these non-articulated locomotives tackled the Spiral Tunnels, the Field Hill and the Connaught Tunnel. The Selkirks carried freight and passengers. They burned oil rather than coal to reduce their weight and to eliminate the sparks from coal-burning engines that could potentially ignite the heavily forested route. They are marvels of railway engineering that continue to astound to this day.

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CPR Selkirk Locomotive Railroad Train Engine No. 5935.The Heavy-Hauling Selkirks
The first of these large engines with 2-10-4 wheel arrangement were built in July 1929. Altogether twenty were constructed before the end of the year bearing numbers 5900 to 5919. The Canadian Pacific Railway's classification was T1a. These locomotives weighed 375 short tons (340 tons) fully loaded. They were the largest and most powerful non-articulated locomotives in the British Empire.

Montreal Locomotive Works built another ten of these successful mountain locomotives during November and December 1938. The Canadian Pacific Railway assigned them T1b class. They were numbered from 5920 to 5929. Modifications led the T1b to be ten tons or tonnes lighter while increasing steam pressure from 275 pounds per square inch (1,900 kPa) to 285 pounds per square inch (1,970 kPa). A further six Selkirks classed T1c were built by the Montreal Locomotive Works shop in 1949. They were the last standard gauge steam locomotives built in Canada for a Canadian railroad. They were the same as the T1b except for a few refinements, including two cross-compound air compressors to speed recharging of the air brake system.

CPR Selkirk Locomotive Railroad Train Engine No. 5935.These last Selkirks were taken out of service in 1959. All but two were scrapped. None of the earlier T1a class locomotives were preserved. Their heavier looking, non-streamlined appearance proved better examples of the heavy mountain steam-power look. The 5935 is preserved in Delson, Quebec while the 5931 (which was repainted/renumbered as 5934 upon initial public display near downtown Calgary; then repainted/renumbered again with its correct/original number, 5931, when moved) is in Calgary's Heritage Park. These later T1b and T1c class locomotives were semi-streamlined and were painted with CPR tuscan red panels along their running boards and on the tender sides with gold leaf border trim.

The 2010 Selkirk Locomotive $20 Silver Proof is the third issue in the Great Canadian Locomotives Series. The following coins have been issued so far in this program:

    Royal Hudson Locomotive
    Jubilee Locomotive
    Selkirk Locomotive
    D-10 Locomotive

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The edge of each $20 Silver Proof in the Great Canadian Locomotives Series features the name of the train.Investment Note
The Selkirk Locomotive $20 Pure Silver Proof has a mintage limit of only 10,000, which is the lowest mintage ever for a Canadian $20 silver proof. This is also the same mintage limit as the 2002 Queen Mother Silver Dollar, which now trades for over $400 in the aftermarket. We believe that this will be a very scarce issue once it is sold out at the mint.

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Technology Note
The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. The RCM is also the only mint in the world to issue commemorative coins in a .9999 fineness. This one ounce silver coin is 99.99% pure!

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Canada 2010 Selkirk Locomotive $20 Silver Proof in boxA meticulously engraved and finely detailed depiction of a Selkirk 2-10-4 locomotive steaming along the rails. The artistry is so subtle and intricate that the engine number 5935 can be clearly distinguished on the side of the locomotive. The traditional-style engraving has produced a magnificent work of beauty. The date and denomination are also indicated.

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") and mint mark also appear.

Edge Lettering
This coin has a plain edge with lettering. The name of the locomotive appears on the edge.

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The coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a black outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

Country Canada
Year of Issue 2010
Face Value 20 Dollars
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 38.00 mm
Mintage Limit     10,000
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Plain with Edge Lettering
Artist Royal Canadian Mint engravers
Certificate Individually Numbered

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