The Federal Mint Swissmint has released two new commemorative coins. The first is dedicated to the card game “Jass”, and the second celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Swiss National Park.
Jass is a trick taking card game, popularly supposed to be the progenitor of the American game Pinochle. It is popular in Switzerland and often considered to be their national card game. The game is played with French cards (hearts, spades, diamonds, and clubs) to the west of the Brünig-Napf-Reuss line, as well as in the cantons of Ticino and Grisons, and with German cards (Schellen, Schilten, Rosen, Eicheln–bells, shields, roses, acorns) to the east of the line.
The 2014 Jass Card Game Silver Coin is the second within the “Swiss nation sports” series. The design depicts a pair of hands playing cards. With a face value of 20 Swiss francs, each coin is struck in 0.835 silver with a weight of 20 grams and diameter of 33 mm. The uncirculated version had a maximum mintage of 50,000 pieces, while the proof coin has a mintage of 7,000.
The Swiss National Park is located in the canton of Graubünden with an area of 174.2 km². It represents the largest protected area of the country and the only national park in Switzerland. The objectives of the Swiss National Park are strict conservation with a non-interference approach, scientific documentation and research, as well as increased environmental education and public relations work in recent years.
The 2014 100 Years of the Swiss National Park Gold Coin shows a stylized image of Trupchun Valley, renowned for its wealth of fauna and a popular visitor attraction during the deer mating season. With a face value of 50 Swiss francs, each coin is struck in 90% gold with a weight of 11.29 grams and diameter of 25 mm. The coins are struck in proof quality with a maximum mintage of 6,000 pieces.
These coins are on sale from May 22, 2014 from coin dealers, Swiss banks, and online at www.swissmint.ch/shop.