Twenty Francs 2018 Klausen Pass, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Twenty Francs 2018 Klausen Pass, Coin from Switzerland
CoinTwenty Francs 2018 Klausen Pass

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 features the Klausen Pass in Switzerland and is one of a series of coins dedicated to the mountain passes of the country.

The 1,948 metre-high Klausen pass is 46km long and links the valley of Schächental in the canton of Uri with the rear of Linthal in the canton of Glarus. As a non-transalpine route, the Klausen pass was of no significance during either Roman times or the Middle Ages. However, no later than the High Middle Ages, a simple cattle track existed which was mostly used for moving cattle to the Alpine pastures on the Urnerboden. A customs post in Bürglen monitored the insignificant local trade. Following Alpine disputes concerning the border between Uri and Glarus on the Urnerboden (it runs through the side of the mountain pass away from Uri), an agreement was reached in the 12th century. Commercial interest in a road over the Klausen pass grew with the opening of the Gotthard railway line in 1882 because the new north-south route was reliant on link-roads. After the project received the armyʹs support, it was quickly built between 1893 and 1899. The big day came on 15 June 1900: the first stagecoach drove over the mountain pass and opened up the magnificent landscape between Linthal and Altdorf to tourism. The Klausen pass gained fame from the legendary Klausenrace, a historic mountain race for cars and motorcycles.

MintSwissmint Mint MarkLetter B Total Mintage35,000
Obverse
Switzerland / Twenty Francs 2018 Klausen Pass - 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: 2018.

Obverse Inscription 20 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2018
Reverse
Switzerland / Twenty Francs 2018 Klausen Pass - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows, within wide rim, a vintage 1920s-style car driving along the road.

Behind, a relief map of the Klausen Pass, with the point of its highest elevation of 1948 m marked.

Around right on the rim, the name of the designer VITO NOTO.

Around below left, KLAUSENPASS.

Reverse Inscription KLAUSENPASS
EdgePlain, InscribedEdge InscriptionDOMINUS PROVIDEBIT * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Twenty Francs 2018 Klausen Pass: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated
Images Switzerland / Twenty Francs 2018 Klausen Pass / Brilliant Uncirculated - obverse photo Switzerland / Twenty Francs 2018 Klausen Pass / Brilliant Uncirculated - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 29,000 (included in total)
Details

Swissmint Article no. GM1811AGUNZ. Date of issue: 25 January 2018. Issue price: 30 CHF.

Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in folder
Mintage Issued: 1,000 (included in total)
Details

Swissmint Article no. GM1811AGUNZF. Date of issue: 25 January 2018. Issue price: 40 CHF.

Variety Proof in presentation box
Mintage Issued: 4,750 (included in total)
Details

Proof, with numbered certificate.

Swissmint Article no. GM1811AGPP. Date of issue: 25 January 2018. Issue price: 60 CHF.

Variety Proof in presentation box, signed
Mintage Issued: 250 (included in total)
Details

Proof, with numbered certificate signed by the artist.

Swissmint Article no. GM1811AGPPS. Date of issue: 25 January 2018. Issue price: 70 CHF.

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Twenty Francs 2018 Klausen Pass: Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeTwenty Francs, Silver
Issued2018
SymbolSwiss Cross
Face Value20 (x Franc)
Total Mintage35,000
CurrentYes
Material0.835 Silver
DesignerVito Noto
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.000 mm
Mass20.000 g
OCC IDBVYX-EWRC-JQXM-OJZN
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Klausen Pass, Ag uncirculated
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