Twenty Francs 2021 Illusion - Bridge of Life, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Twenty Francs 2021 Illusion - Bridge of Life, Coin from Switzerland
CoinTwenty Francs 2021 Illusion - Bridge of Life

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 depicts The Bridge of Life, a painting by Sandro Del-Prete.

In the narrower sense of the word, an illusion is a trick of the senses, i.e. a false perception of reality. Optical illusions can be created using various elements: movement, brightness and contrast, colours, geometrical and angular illusions or even three-dimensionality. Various painters and artists use these optical techniques (trompe l'oeil) to create unusual and surprising effects for the observer in a bid to evoke amazement and astonishment. As a matter of fact, this form of art has not yet been given a definitive name.

Swiss artist Sandro Del-Prete is an important representative of drawings and objects involving optical illusions, which he calls "illusorism". A typical example of this is his oil painting "The Bridge of Life", which was used as the model for this silver coin. Writing about this painting, he said, among other things: "The people are perpetually moving forward, towards the observer, and are never seen from behind. They are always heading towards the end of life. As no one gets younger as time passes, no one can be seen from behind either. This contains and illustrates one of the secrets of the universe: Where is the past? Where is the present? Where is the future?"

MintSwissmint Mint MarkLetter B Total Mintage25,000
Obverse
Switzerland / Twenty Francs 2021 Illusion - Bridge of Life - 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: 2021.

Obverse Inscription 20 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2021
Reverse
Switzerland / Twenty Francs 2021 Illusion - Bridge of Life - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows a depicts The Bridge of Life, a painting by Sandro Del-Prete. It represents an allegory of life, as a seeming never-ending circle represented by a stone bridge in the shape of an infinite circle with illusory direction, with people of various walking on top of it - each to their own ultimate end, the foundations of the bridge crumbling.

Below, the artist's signature, Sandro Del Prete.

Reverse Inscription Sandro Del Prete
EdgePlain, InscribedEdge InscriptionDOMINUS PROVIDEBIT * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Twenty Francs 2021 Illusion - Bridge of Life: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated
Mintage Issued: 19,000 (included in total)
Details

Swissmint Article no. GM2121AGUNZ. Date of issue: 29 April 2021. Issue price: 30 CHF.

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

Swissmint Article no. GM2121AGUNZF. Date of issue: 29 April 2021. Issue price: 40 CHF.

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

Proof, with numbered certificate.

Swissmint Article no. GM2121AGPP. Date of issue: 29 April 2021. 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. GM2121AGPPS. Date of issue: 29 April 2021. Issue price: 70 CHF.

Twenty Francs 2021 Illusion - Bridge of Life: References to Information Used
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Twenty Francs 2021 Illusion - Bridge of Life: Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeTwenty Francs, Silver
Issued2021
SymbolSwiss Cross
Face Value20 (x Franc)
Total Mintage25,000
CurrentYes
Material0.835 Silver
DesignerSandro Del-Prete
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.000 mm
Mass20.000 g
OCC IDAPVZ-OYRC-DVQR-ELMD
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