Twenty Francs 2019 Moon Landing, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Twenty Francs 2019 Moon Landing, Coin from Switzerland
CoinTwenty Francs 2019 Moon Landing

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 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the first human landing on the Moon.

Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were the first humans to step onto the moon's surface with the Apollo 11 mission on 21 July 1969. Before the astronaut "Buzz" Aldrin hoisted the American flag on the moon almost 50 years ago, he first hung up a Swiss solar sail. This so-called solar wind sail of the University of Bern was the only non-American experiment on board the Apollo 11. The "Solar Wind Composition Experiment" was developed by the Bernese physicists under the leadership of Professor Johannes Geiss of the Institute of Physics to verify the existence of the solar wind that was suspected at the time but could not be measured from earth. The simplicity and low weight of the solar sail had convinced NASA: it was made of a differently coated aluminium foil measuring 140 x 30 cm, which was oriented as directly as possible into the sun to capture any solar wind particles. The foil was then analysed in the laboratory after returning from the moon. The simple, lightweight and successful experiment was repeated on all lunar missions except the last Apollo 17 mission and the failed Apollo 13 mission.

The Apollo solar sail was a success story for the University of Bern and Switzerland. Switzerland's membership of the European Space Agency (ESA) also enables Swiss research institutes and companies to acquire outstanding expertise in scientifically and technologically challenging areas and to celebrate further successes in space travel.

MintSwissmint Mint MarkLetter B Total Mintage25,000
Obverse
Switzerland / Twenty Francs 2019 Moon Landing - 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 Moon Landing - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows an image of an Apollo 11 astronaut unfurling the Swiss sail for "Solar Wind Composition Experiment", with the Moon lander in the background.

Above, 50 - in which the 0 is shaped like a crescent moon, and next to it on three lines ANS, ANNI and JAHRE ("years" in French, Italian and German).

Below right, the anniversary dates 1969 and 2019.

Around below left, designer's surname MASCHERINI.

Reverse Inscription 50 ANS ANNI JAHRE 1969 2019
EdgePlain, InscribedEdge InscriptionDOMINUS PROVIDEBIT * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Twenty Francs 2019 Moon Landing: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated
Images Switzerland / Twenty Francs 2019 Moon Landing / Brilliant Uncirculated - obverse photo Switzerland / Twenty Francs 2019 Moon Landing / Brilliant Uncirculated - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 19,000 (included in total)
Details

Swissmint Article no. GM1921AGUNZ. Date of issue: 9 May 2019. Issue price: 30 CHF.

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

Swissmint Article no. GM1921AGUNZF. Date of issue: 9 May 2019. Issue price: 40 CHF.

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

Proof, with numbered certificate.

Swissmint Article no. GM1921AGPP. Date of issue: 9 May 2019. 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. GM1921AGPPS. Date of issue: 9 May 2019. Issue price: 70 CHF.

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Twenty Francs 2019 Moon Landing: Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeTwenty Francs, Silver
Issued2019
SymbolSwiss Cross
Face Value20 (x Franc)
Total Mintage25,000
CurrentYes
Material0.835 Silver
DesignerRemo Mascherini
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.000 mm
Mass20.000 g
OCC IDPMVR-EAPC-AKDR-ONQG
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