Twenty Francs 2017 Steamboat Uri, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Twenty Francs 2017 Steamboat Uri, Coin from Switzerland
CoinTwenty Francs 2017 Steamboat Uri

The Twenty Francs coin is a denomination of the Swiss Franc. Given that Switzerland has four official languages, the Franc has three different names: Franken in German, franc in French and Romansh, and franco in Italian.

In regular circulation, the denomination is served by a banknote. These coins are non-circulating legal tender made for collectors. They are issued in topical series, celebrating various aspects of Swiss heritage or nature.

The edge is inscribed with the motto DOMINUS PROVIDEBIT (The Lord will provide - a quote from the Bible, Genesis 22, 8), and thirteen stars representing the original thirteen cantons of the Swiss Federation.

This coin commemorates the Steamboat Uri (German: Dampfschiff Uri; French: Bateau à vapeur Uri).

Swissmint says about it:
The Uri, Switzerland's oldest paddle steamer and the oldest ship in the SGV company's fleet, embarked on its maiden voyage in 1901. The ship can take 800 passengers and offer both first- and second-class accommodation. The "Uri" is a classic example of a Sulzer paddle steamer, many of which were manufactured around the beginning of the twentieth century. They boast excellent handling in the water, stability in rough weather and fuel economy. The "Uri" is powered by an inclined 650 HP Sulzer two-cylinder condensing compound steam engine. Over the years the Uri underwent various upgrades and repairs, and had its share of minor incidents. In 1949 it was converted to burn heavy oil instead of coal and then between 1960 and 1961 it had a protective roof installed as well as a retractable wheelhouse and a telescopic chimney and masts, which enabled it to pass under the Acheregg motorway bridge (Stansstad). When the ship was completely refurbished between 1991 and 1994, these alterations were reversed and the resplendent neo-Baroque first-class salon designed by Filippo Cassina (Milan) restored to its former glory. The furniture and richly decorated ceilings were completely reconstructed, while the bow decoration had already been replaced with the Uri bull emblem in 1981 after being damaged in an accident.

MintSwissmint Mint MarkLetter B Total Mintage35,000
Switzerland / Twenty Francs 2017 Steamboat Uri - obverse photo

The obverse shows slightly above its centre a small Swiss Cross. Below the centre on two lines, the numeral 20 for the value and a language-neutral abbreviation FR for the denomination (Francs). The mint mark B of Swissmint (ex Bern Mint) is between them.

In concentric circles around, the inscription CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA (translated from Latin: Confederation of Switzerland) and the date of issue: 2017.

Obverse Inscription 20 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2017
Switzerland / Twenty Francs 2017 Steamboat Uri - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows Steamboat Uri, sailing to left. In an ornate cartouche above left, the monogram DGV (for Dampfschiffgesellschaft des Vierwaldstättersees - Steamship Company of Lake Lucerne - the name of SGV before 1960).

Below right, DS URI.

In small letters below right, the name of the designer U . COLOMBI (Ueli Colombi).

Reverse Inscription DGV DS URI
EdgePlain, InscribedEdge InscriptionDOMINUS PROVIDEBIT * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Twenty Francs 2017 Steamboat Uri: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated
Mintage Issued: 28,000 (included in total)
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in folder
Mintage Issued: 2,000 (included in total)
Variety Proof in presentation box
Mintage Issued: 4,800 (included in total)

Proof, with numbered certificate.

Variety Proof in presentation box, signed
Mintage Issued: 200 (included in total)

Proof, with numbered certificate signed by the artist.

Twenty Francs 2017 Steamboat Uri: References to Information Used
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Twenty Francs 2017 Steamboat Uri: Details
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeTwenty Francs, Silver
SymbolSwiss Cross
Face Value20 (x Franc)
Total Mintage35,000
Material0.835 Silver
DesignerUeli Colombi
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.000 mm
Mass20.000 g
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Twenty Francs 2017 Steamboat Uri: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSwitzerland KM# 167