The Swiss Mint have released the first collector's coins for Switzerland of 2017. Now the Swiss Mint are not the most prolific issuers of numismatic products out there by any means, only releasing a handful of collector's coins every year. But perhaps that is what makes their releases somewhat more anticipated – knowing that there are only a few of them.
First in line here is the second coin in the Alpine Flora or Flora Alpina series. Last year's coin was dedicated to the Alpine Edelweiss(Leontopodium alpinum), with the 2017 coin depicting the Alpine Gentian. Gentian is commonly understood to mean the "stemless gentian", of which there are several subspecies. The most well known are the frequently occurring species clusius gentian (gentiana clusii or limestone gentian) and stemless gentian (gentiana acaulis or silicaceous gentian).
This bi-metallic coin is produced from a cupronickel inner disc and a aluminium-bronze outer ring. Denominated as a 10 Swiss Franc coin, it measures 33mm(1.299 inch). The coin has an uncirculated mintage of 20 000 coins, of which 2000 are available in a special presentation folder, and a proof mintage of 3000.
The second coin is a silver 20 Franc celebrating the 500th anniversary of the reformation. The anniversary of the Reformation is being feted throughout Europe, but it is not Luther’s thesis that is being celebrated which according to legend is said to have come into existence in Wittenberg in 1517. It is far more about the Reformation as a movement, whose cultural, social and political potency which still has an impact 500 years later. The main focus is the question of what the Reformation means for today's generation and tomorrow's generations.
The reverse of the coin features two of the most influential Swiss leaders of the reformation : Ulrich Zwingli and John Calvin.
The coin is struck from .835 Fineness silver to a 33mm(1.299 inch) coin that tops the scales at 20 gram(0.705 oz). The coin has a mintage of 30 000 coins in uncirculated and 5000 coins in a proof finish.