Not the most prolific of mints, the Swiss Mint does still retain the knack of releasing some fine coins (and yodelling coins…). Their latest is a beautiful 20g silver coin depicting the Klausen Pass. The first in a new series called Swiss Alpine Passes, if the rest of the coins are up to this standard we’re in for a treat. As usual for the Swiss Mint, these silver coins are struck in a fineness not used by most others, namely 0.835 silver, but in other respects are cleanly struck and unembelished – a nice change these days.
Those of you who love motor racing will really like this one. Depicting a classic French 1927 Amilcar, the coin celebrates the venue of the famed Klausenrace, a tough mountain automobile race that took place between 1922 and 1934. A gorgeous car (we note one sold at auction a few years ago for £50k), it was typical of the vehicles that sprinted around the tortuous 21.5km gravel road with its 136 corners and 1.2km climb. In the background is a contour map of the pass with the route of the race marked out on it. You might have guessed by now – I love this coin. I wish the central art covered a little more of the coin, but that’s a nitpick.
The obverse is a standard Swiss one with just a small cross and inscriptions present. The coin is struck in two finishes. The proof coin sell for 60CHF and has a 5,000 mintage . A small number of these (200) were signed by the designer but sold out immediately. They were an extra 10CHF. The uncirculated coin isn’t boxed, but as it sells for just 30CHF yet has the same specification apart from the finish, it’s easy to overlook. The coin in a small folder, our choice for value, will sell for 40CHF, but only 1,000 of the 30,000 coin mintage will be available in this presentation. Available to order now. Great coin.