Orient Express Revisited On Its 130th Anniversary | Silver Coins

Orient Express Revisited On Its 130th Anniversary

The Government and Treasury of the British Virgin Islands have launched a new coin which celebrates the 130th anniversary of the famed Orient Express Train route, which was launched on the June five, 1883 when the very first ‘Express d’Orient’ left Paris for Vienna.

Originally operated by the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits, the original route was from Paris, Gare de l’Est, to Giurgiu in Romania through Munich and Vienna. At Giurgiu, passengers have been ferried across the Danube to Ruse, Bulgaria to pick up another train to Varna, from exactly where they completed their journey to Istanbul (then named Constantinople) by ferry. Considered one particular of the most luxurious and exotic routes, the Orient Express became a extremely well-liked excursion in its day proper up to the outbreak of the 1st Globe War. At some point, the Orient Express became the preferred lengthy distance train service with both royalty and upper class travelers and created a reputation as 1 of the world’s most sumptuous and legendary passenger trains.  Created renowned in numerous movies, Television shows and books by fantastic writers like Agatha Christie, the Orient Express was surrounded by intrigue, romance and glamor and became the ultimate in extravagant travel.

The route and rolling stock changed numerous occasions for the duration of its operation but the city names most considerably linked with the Orient Express are Paris and Istanbul, the original begin and end points of the timetabled service – remained in the course of most of its service. The actual Orient Express ceased its operational service in December 2009 in favor of the Venice-Simplon Orient Express train, a private venture by Orient-Express Hotels using original carriages from the 1920s and 30s, continues to run from London to Venice and to other destinations in Europe, which includes the original route from Paris to Istanbul.

Orient Express Coin

The coin, struck by the Pobjoy Mint in the UK, re-creates the era and excitement with the reverse design as it artistically depicts the landmarks of both the start off and finish of the journey, the Sacre Coeur Cathedral in Paris and the Aghia Sophia Cathedral in Constantinople (Istanbul). Just under the two landmark depictions, the Orient Express herself, the original steam train model along with a map of the route – indicating the principal cities the train traveled through.  The furled ribbon at the base of the coin also indicates the French and Turkish flags and the complete style is created in the Art Nouveau style reminiscent and prevalent of the era. The obverse of the coin characteristics an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS.





Top quality


10 Dollars

.925 silver

28.2 grams

38.six mm.


10,000 pieces

1 Dollar


28.2 grams

38.6  mm.



Obtainable in Cupro Nickel (BU) and Proof Sterling Silver. Please check out this web page to view these coins as well as the most current product releases from the Treasury of the British Virgin Islands. Info supplied in English, international orders fulfilled.

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