Twenty Francs 2018 Steamboat La Suisse, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Twenty Francs 2018 Steamboat La Suisse, Coin from Switzerland
CoinTwenty Francs 2018 Steamboat La Suisse

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 is part of the to the Swiss steamships coin series and features the steamboat La Suisse.

When the ship was commissioned by the Sulzer brothers in 1908, the Belle Époque euphoria in Switzerland had just peaked. The "La Suisse" paddle-wheel steamship was to become the largest and most elegant of all Swiss steamships. It has capacity for 850 passengers, is 78.5 metres long and 15.9 metres wide and is powered by a sloping 1400 hp (1030 kW) two-cylinder hot steam composite engine from Sulzer. The steamboat, which had already received an award as a cultural monument of national importance, was also declared to be an historical monument by the canton of Vaud in 2011.

Over the years, the steamboat has undergone a number of technical and structural changes: in 1960, a switch occurred from heating with coal to heavy fuel oil and changes were made to the curved decks on the main and upper decks. In 1971, a new, cost-saving large boiler was installed, as well as a new wheelhouse and a new side entrance to the saloon; unfortunately, both are not as successful from an aesthetic point of view. In 1999, heating operation was changed from heavy fuel oil to light oil. In 2003, the electrical infrastructure was partially refurbished. "La Suisse" was extensively renovated between 2007 and 2009. Since then, it has been navigating the "Haut-lac" part of Lake Geneva from Vevey to Thonon.

MintSwissmint Mint MarkLetter B Total Mintage35,700
Obverse
Switzerland / Twenty Francs 2018 Steamboat La Suisse - 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 Steamboat La Suisse - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows at ts centre the steamboat La Suisse. Above it, a diagram of its engine.

Around left, the name of the designer U. COLOMBI.

In the exergue, the inscription SS LA SUISSE.

Reverse Inscription SS LA SUISSE
EdgePlain, InscribedEdge InscriptionDOMINUS PROVIDEBIT * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Twenty Francs 2018 Steamboat La Suisse: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated
Mintage Issued: 29,000 (included in total)
Details

Swissmint Article no. GM1821AGUNZ. Date of issue: 26 April 2018. Issue price: 30 CHF.

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

Swissmint Article no. GM1821AGUNZF. Date of issue: 26 April 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. GM1821AGPP. Date of issue: 26 April 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. GM1821AGPPS. Date of issue: 26 April 2018. Issue price: 70 CHF.

Variety Essai
Mintage Issued: 700 (included in total)
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated grade. The obverse has an "Essai" (Trial) privy mark, indicating a trial minting. It has the form a small Swiss Cross surrounded by a circle interrupted by a capital letter E.

Swissmint Article no. GM1831AGPRO. Date of issue: 10 September 2018. Issue price: 200 CHF.

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Twenty Francs 2018 Steamboat La Suisse: Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeTwenty Francs, Silver
Issued2018
SymbolSwiss Cross
Face Value20 (x Franc)
Total Mintage35,700
CurrentYes
Material0.835 Silver
DesignerUeli Colombi
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.000 mm
Mass20.000 g
OCC IDRMKG-EZAC-BVZG-ONXQ
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Steamboat La Suisse, Ag uncirculated
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