Twenty Francs 2018 Swiss Army Knife, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Twenty Francs 2018 Swiss Army Knife, Coin from Switzerland
CoinTwenty Francs 2018 Swiss Army Knife

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 the world-famous Swiss Army Knife.

Swissmint says about it:
"In the 19th century, our country was one of the poorest states in Europe and high unemployment forced many Swiss to emigrate. The creation of jobs was therefore greeted with open arms. With this in mind, Schwyz-born Karl Elsener (1860 - 1918) founded a cutlery workshop in Ibach in 1884. He came up with the idea of manufacturing soldiers' knives (which had previously been made in Germany) in Switzerland. However, his business was too small to obtain orders from the army. For this reason, in 1891 he founded the Swiss cutlers' association with the aim of manufacturing the soldiers' knives for the army together with other cutlers in Switzerland. The first delivery was made the same year. At the time, the knife pioneer would probably never have dreamed that it would one day become a world-famous company.

The soldier's knife was very robust but also relatively heavy. So Karl Elsener developed a lighter and above all more elegant knife with even more functions. He called this pocket knife model the "Officer's and Sports Knife" and had it legally protected in 1897. However, unlike the soldier's knife, the Officer's Knife did not become official army equipment. This did not affect its success. The "Swiss Army Knife", as the Officer's Knife was called for export, began to conquer the world after the Second World War. Victorinox AG is now run by the fourth generation of the Elsener family."

MintSwissmint Mint MarkLetter B Total Mintage35,000
Obverse
Switzerland / Twenty Francs 2018 Swiss Army Knife - 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 Swiss Army Knife - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts the iconic multi-functional Swiss Army Knife, with all its tools open.

In the background, an Alpine panorama of high peaks. Around left near the rim, the name of the designer N. BALTENSWEILER.

Around above, the inscription SWISS ARMY KNIFE.

Reverse Inscription SWISS ARMY KNIFE
EdgePlain, InscribedEdge InscriptionDOMINUS PROVIDEBIT * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Twenty Francs 2018 Swiss Army Knife: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated
Images Switzerland / Twenty Francs 2018 Swiss Army Knife / Brilliant Uncirculated - obverse photo Switzerland / Twenty Francs 2018 Swiss Army Knife / Brilliant Uncirculated - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 25,000 (included in total)
Details

Swissmint Article no. GM1831AGUNZ. Date of issue: 10 September 2018. Issue price: 30 CHF.

Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in folder
Mintage Issued: 5,000 (included in total)
Details

Swissmint Article no. GM1831AGUNZF. Date of issue: 10 September 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. GM1831AGPP. Date of issue: 10 September 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. GM1831AGPPS. Date of issue: 10 September 2018. Issue price: 70 CHF.

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Twenty Francs 2018 Swiss Army Knife: Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeTwenty Francs, Silver
Issued2018
SymbolSwiss Cross
Face Value20 (x Franc)
Total Mintage35,000
CurrentYes
Material0.835 Silver
DesignerNadja Baltensweiler
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.000 mm
Mass20.000 g
OCC IDRNAZ-OGWC-YJMP-OXJL
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Swiss Army Knife, Ag uncirculated
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