Twenty Francs 2020 Firefighters Association, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Twenty Francs 2020 Firefighters Association, Coin from Switzerland
CoinTwenty Francs 2020 Firefighters Association

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 marks 150 years of the Swiss Firefighters Association.

The Swiss Firefighters Association represents the interests of both part-time and professional firefighters in Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein. The idea of founding the association was first mooted in 1869 in Herisau in the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden. It was established in Aarau in 1870 as what was then still a club. The Swiss Firefighters Association is therefore celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2020. Today, supporting the interests of firefighters and exchanging knowledge are still important aims of the association. Furthermore, the Swiss Firefighters Association is a modern and innovative service company that works in a performance and results-oriented manner. It supports the cantonal associations, brings together the language regions of Switzerland and is politically neutral. Finally, the association serves as a link to the national partners in civil protection and is active internationally.

In all these activities, the Swiss Firefighters Association aims to support the fire departments in creating the best possible conditions and to help motivate young people to join them. Recruitment of firefighters is also becoming increasingly difficult as fewer and fewer people are signing up for voluntary and part-time work. This is especially the case when such work involves responsibility or is unpaid or remuneration is very low. Yet, voluntary and part-time work is part of the basis of our direct democracy.

MintSwissmint Mint MarkLetter B Total Mintage25,000
Obverse
Switzerland / Twenty Francs 2020 Firefighters Association - 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: 2020.

Obverse Inscription 20 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2020
Reverse
Switzerland / Twenty Francs 2020 Firefighters Association - reverse photo

The design of the reverse side of the coin captures the essence of the primary function of the firefighter: the saving of lives in an emergency. It shows a scene of a small child carried out of a building by two firefighters on a ladder.

To the right, the logo of the Swiss Firefighters Association and its abbreviation in the different languages of the country: SFV, FSSP and FSP. Below, the numeral 150 along with JAHRE, ANS and ANNI (years) arranged in three lines along with the numeral.

Above left and below right, the years of the anniversary: 1870 and 2020.

Below right (beneath the date and in the base of the wall of the building), a small square within which a small b and an inverted L. The artist Benjamin Löbbert signs his works with this logo, a tradition from his silversmith days.

Reverse Inscription SFV FSSP FSP 150 JAHRE ANS ANNI 1870 2020
EdgePlain, InscribedEdge InscriptionDOMINUS PROVIDEBIT * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Twenty Francs 2020 Firefighters Association: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated
Images Switzerland / Twenty Francs 2020 Firefighters Association / Brilliant Uncirculated - obverse photo Switzerland / Twenty Francs 2020 Firefighters Association / Brilliant Uncirculated - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 19,000 (included in total)
Details

Swissmint Article no. GM2021AGUNZ. Date of issue: 3 September 2020. Issue price: 30 CHF.

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

Swissmint Article no. GM2021AGUNZF. Date of issue: 3 September 2020. Issue price: 40 CHF.

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

Proof, with numbered certificate.

Swissmint Article no. GM2021AGPP. Date of issue: 3 September 2020. 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. GM2021AGPPS. Date of issue: 3 September 2020. Issue price: 70 CHF.

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Twenty Francs 2020 Firefighters Association: Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeTwenty Francs, Silver
Issued2020
SymbolSwiss Cross
Face Value20 (x Franc)
Total Mintage25,000
CurrentYes
Material0.835 Silver
DesignerBenjamin Löbbert
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.000 mm
Mass20.000 g
OCC IDMXKD-EKQC-RGDG-EWQJ
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Firefighters, Ag uncirculated
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