Twenty Francs 2019 Circus Knie, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Twenty Francs 2019 Circus Knie, Coin from Switzerland
CoinTwenty Francs 2019 Circus Knie

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 commemorative coin marks the 100th anniversary of the Circus Knie.

At its release, Swissmint said:
"The historical roots of the Swiss national circus Knie go back to the beginning of the 19th century when Friedrich Knie joined a group of performers and thereby founded the Knie circus dynasty. However, it was around 100 years ago that the Knie family laid the foundation for an unparalleled success story and its fame today. The decision was made to buy a tent on credit, and the family celebrated its first show in the 3,000-seater big top on the Schützenmatte in Bern. This opening show was an immense success and drew huge crowds. The idea of having a circus tent was the basis for one of the world's best known and most important circus companies.

Since then, Circus Knie has been enthusing young and old with opulently staged programmes in its circus ring. Although the Knies lived through some hard times, for instance when the public stayed away for various reasons, the circus family always found its way out of difficult financial situations thanks to mutual family support, strong will and visionary foresight. Circus Knie reinforced its international reputation with various guest shows abroad and innovative shows, for example with the involvement of the Chinese national circus (1984), the Moscow State Circus (1988), Mummenschanz (1988) and Cirque du Soleil (1992)."

Unlike other 20 Franc coins, this one was not released in regular Brilliant Uncirculated grade. Only 5,000 proofs were issued, plus 1,000 Brilliant Uncirculated "trial strikes" several months later. This is the first coloured Swiss 20 Francs coin (only the proofs are coloured; the trials are not).

MintSwissmint Mint MarkLetter B Total Mintage6,000
Obverse
Switzerland / Twenty Francs 2019 Circus Knie - 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: 2019.

Obverse Inscription 20 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2019
Reverse
Switzerland / Twenty Francs 2019 Circus Knie - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows the stylised image of a clown in colourful clothes under a circus spotlight, overlaid on a five-pointed star.

Vertically on the right side, KNIE.

The surname of the designer MASCHERINI is in small letters around left.

The rim has fourteen five-pointed stars around above, and the anniversary dates 1919 - 2019 around below.

Reverse Inscription KNIE 1919 - 2019
EdgePlain, InscribedEdge InscriptionDOMINUS PROVIDEBIT * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Twenty Francs 2019 Circus Knie: Known varieties
Variety Proof in presentation box
Mintage Issued: 5,000 (included in total)
Details

Proof, with numbered certificate.

Swissmint Article no. GM1912AGPP. Date of issue: 24 January 2019. Issue price: 80 CHF.

Variety Essai
Mintage Issued: 1,000 (included in total)
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated grade. Not coloured. 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. GM1931AGPRO. Date of issue: 12 September 2019. Issue price: 200 CHF.

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Twenty Francs 2019 Circus Knie: Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeTwenty Francs, Silver
Issued2019
SymbolSwiss Cross
Face Value20 (x Franc)
Total Mintage6,000
CurrentYes
Material0.835 Silver
DesignerRemo Mascherini
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.000 mm
Mass20.000 g
OCC IDRWKZ-OJNC-JMBR-OXGL
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