1935 B Gold Coin 20 Twenty Swiss Francs French Switzerland AU/BU Helvetia Stars
1935 B Gold Coin 20 Twenty Swiss Francs French Switzerland AU/BU Helvetia Stars. 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. The denomination is thus shown with a language-neutral abbreviation on the reverse: 20 FR. Initially when federal Swiss coinage was introduced in 1850, all "francs" (from five francs down to a half franc) were full-bodied silver, while the centimes were either billon (low-grade silver) or base metal.
In 1883, the first 20 francs gold coin was introduced, with a design like the 5 francs coin at the time (but with a slightly different shield on the reverse, and a different female personification on the obverse). It contained 6.45 g gold at 90% purity, conforming with the standard of the Latin Monetary Union.
In 1895, the Federal Council decided that the coin should be made with a novel design. A depiction of Helvetia by Neuchâtel artist Fritz Ulysse Landry (1842 - 1927) was selected, which shows a female head with tresses in profile, with a garland of edelweiss and an alpine panorama in the background. The design was widely popular and given the endearing nickname of Vreneli. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Bullion\Gold\Coins".
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- Coin: Swiss Helvetia
- Composition: Gold
- Year: 1935
- Fineness: 0.900
- Strike Type: Business
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Switzerland
- Brand/Mint: French Mint
- Total Precious Metal Content: 6.452 grams
- Certification: Uncertified