Twenty Francs 2017 Yodelling, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Twenty Francs 2017 Yodelling, Coin from Switzerland
CoinTwenty Francs 2017 Yodelling

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 celebrates Swiss Yodelling.

Swissmint says about it:
“Whenever I hear a yodel, it speaks directly into my heart and soul. A yodel call has no words because words simply cannot do justice to the feelings it conveys. You can put your whole being into a yodel", said author Heinrich Federer, describing the emotional pull of the yodel.

Yodelling originated as a call from mountain to mountain, a way of communicating from one alpine farmstead to another. A love for nature and for one’s homeland are still central to this unique and instantly recognisable Alpine music. The original “natural” yodel was a form of communication in mountainous and inaccessible regions and was also used during cattle drives. A yodel or “jutz” is a melody sung using non-lexical vocables, i.e. sounds that are not words, with frequent repeated changes in pitch between the chest register and the head register (falsetto). Well-known natural yodels that are often improvised spontaneously include the "Muotataler Jüüzli", which is sung with two or three voices, and the polyphonic "Zäuerli" and "Ruggusserli" from Appenzell. In Switzerland and other Alpine countries, yodelling developed into song in the 19th century, usually as the choruses of folk songs.

MintSwissmint Mint MarkLetter B Total Mintage35,000
Switzerland / Twenty Francs 2017 Yodelling - 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 Yodelling - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows a man and a woman wearing Swiss folk hats and costumes, their hands in their pockets, singing. In the background to the right, a woman blowing an alphorn, and a child throwing a Swiss flag in the air.

Around above, JODELN and LE YODEL (yodelling, in German and French respectively).

In small letters below right, the name of the designer GIGER (Gabriel Giger).

Reverse Inscription JODELN LE YODEL
EdgePlain, InscribedEdge InscriptionDOMINUS PROVIDEBIT * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Twenty Francs 2017 Yodelling: 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 Yodelling: References to Information Used
Swissmint 2017 Mintage link
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Twenty Francs 2017 Yodelling: Details
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeTwenty Francs, Silver
SymbolSwiss Cross
Face Value20 (x Franc)
Total Mintage35,000
Material0.835 Silver
DesignerGabriel Giger
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.000 mm
Mass20.000 g
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Copyright: Swissmint
Twenty Francs 2017 Yodelling
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Twenty Francs 2017 Yodelling: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSwitzerland KM# 166