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 Blumlisalp.
When she entered into service on 31 July 1906, the "Blümlisalp" steamboat surpassed all other boats on the lakes of Thun and Brienz in terms of size, performance and elegance. The double-deck saloon steamer from the Belle Époque owes its name to the Blümslialp massif in the Bernese Oberland. For decades, the "venerable lady", as she is affectionately known, was the largest and most luxurious saloon steamer on Lake Thun. Due to increased competition from large motor-driven boats, the "Blümlisalp" was the last paddle steamer on Lake Thun to be decommissioned on 1 August 1971, and she only narrowly escaped the scrapyard. Thanks to significant private involvement, it was possible to save the "Blümlisalp" and return her to working order. She made her second maiden voyage on 22 May 1992 and has been back in regular service as the BLS fleet's flagship since then. In winter 2005/2006, the saloon steamer underwent essential renovation at the time of her 100th birthday. At the end of 2012, the Vaporama cooperative steamboat enthusiasts entrusted the operator BLS AG with the "Blümlisalp", having obtained her in 1989 for the symbolic price of one Swiss franc. Today, the "venerable lady" from the Belle Époque continues to delight passengers with her combination of state-of-the-art technology, stylish ambience and ultimate comfort.
The "Blümlisalp" steamboat is 63.4 m long, 13.3 m wide and has space for 750 passengers. She has an inclined 650 HP two-cylinder hot-steam condensing compound engine and can achieve speeds of 25 km/h.