Last month, the Federal Mint Swissmint launched three new commemorative coins across a variety of themes. A bimetallic coin celebrates the descent from Alpine pastures, while silver coins feature the Solar Impulse project and celebrate 1,500 years of St. Maurice’s Abbey.
The bimetallic coin represents the fifth and final issue of a series on the topic of Swiss customs. One of Switzerland’s most common customs of bringing the cattle down from Alpine pastures at the end of summer is depicted in the form of a typical paper cut-out. On the big day of the descent from Alpine pastures, the herds are cleaned up and in many places artfully adorned with flowers, fir foliage and flags and the cows wear huge cow bells around their necks. This descent from Alpine pastures is often also an occasion for a fair featuring folk music, Alpine horn-blowing, bells, whip cracking and a market with typical, regional products.
The coin is composed of an outer ring of aluminum bronze and a core made of copper nickel with an overall weight of 15 grams and diameter of 33 mm. The uncirculated version has a mintage of 40,000 pieces, while the polished proof in presentation case has a mintage of 7,000 pieces.
A silver coin is dedicated to the Solar Impulse project. The successful pioneer flights of the Solar Impulse 1 prototype have broken numerous records and attracted attention throughout the world for the solar project. A second improved plane will attempt the first round the world solar flight in 2015.
The coin is struck in 83.5% silver with a weight of 20 grams and diameter of 33 mm. The uncirculated version has a mintage of 35,000 pieces while the polished proof in presentation case has a mintage of 5,000 pieces.
The coin is struck in 83.5% silver with a weight of 20 grams and diameter of 33 mm. Only a polished proof version in presentation case is available with a mintage of 5,000 pieces.
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