Following last years yodel down the Klausen Pass for their first issue in the Swiss Alpine Passes series of silver coins, the Swiss Mint is back with the Furka Pass. This is another of those epic-looking routes that make you wish you had a LaFerrari. It was certainly epic enough for the James Bond movie ‘Goldfinger’ which had some super scenes set on this twisty route, with his Aston Martin looking spectacular, of course.
The coin is a standard Swiss Mint format and it’s one not used very often these days. The 20g weight isn’t particularly unusual these days, but the 0.835 fineness is. There are two finishes available as usual. The proof finish coin comes in a box with a certificate of authenticity and has a mintage of 5,000 pieces. This sells for 60 CHF, although a run of 100 with a signed certificate (by the artist) was also available for an additional 10 CHF, but as always, these sold out immediately.
The uncirculated finish coin has an identical specification, but sells for just 30 CHF encapsulated, or 40 CHF in the coloured gatefold card you see below. This has a combined mintage of 20,000 pieces (down 10k on 2018’s), with just 1,000 of those card-mounted. Given how much cheaper this is than the proof, it has to be seen as a comparative bargain.
Very much in the same vein as the Klausen Pass design, the contour-map background is a neat touch, although the bus lacks the glamour of the cool racing car of the debut issue. An interesting series that seems destined to be successful in showcasing the spectacular driving routes of this special country. Available now.