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Bi-centenary of bike celebrated with the issue of a coin

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10 October 2016
New coin celebrates bicycle`s 200 hundred years
New coin celebrates bicycle`s 200 hundred years

 

The bicentenary of the bicycle next year is being celebrated in Germany with the issuing of a €20 Euro coin (£18). Featuring the Laufmaschine, the "running machine" that later started to morph into the bike as we know it. The Laufmaschine – or draisine – was invented by Baron Karl von Drais of Mannheim, Germany, in 1817.

Drais was a civil servant who created his machine as a horse substitute. In 1815, dust from the eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia covered the...

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