Switzerland’s famous Alpine mountain vistas draw hundreds of thousands of tourists annually, but only 6,000 collectors will be able to capture that spirit on a new gold coin showing the nation’s park on its centennial.
Swissmint, the federal agency that strikes coins for Switzerland, on May 22 released a new Proof gold 50-franc coin to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Swiss National Park.
One century ago, “visionary pioneers” from the Swiss Nature Conservation Committee made their dream come true by creating an “open-air laboratory” where a piece of Swiss mountain landscape could develop free from human influence, according to Swissmint.
“This move was justified by the radical social change of the 19th century and the invasive development of tourism at the beginning of the 20th century, which had clearly left their mark.”
The objectives of the Swiss National Park have not changed since then: strict conservation with a noninterference approach, scientific documentation and research, as well as increased environmental education and public relations work in recent years. For more information on the anniversary of the Swiss National Park, visit www.nationalpark.ch.
The obverse side of the gold coin, designed by Stephan Bundi, shows Trupchun Valley. Renowned for its wealth of fauna, this high-lying valley attracts many visitors to the national park during the deer mating season.
The reverse carries the denomination, year of issue and inscriptions.
The Proof coin weighs 11.29 grams and measures 25 millimeters in diameter. It retails for 580 Swiss francs (about $559 U.S.).
The coin is available direct from Swissmint or through American distributor Coin & Currency Institute.
Distributor Coin & Currency Institute had not established a price at press time.