The Swiss Mint’s first new silver coin of the year is an homage to one of their more famous writers, Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Now, I’m not going to insult your intelligence by telling you I know anything about the mans work, so check out the mint blurb lower down, and lets have a quick look at this 20 gram, 0.835 silver coin.
To be honest, the reverse image of the writer looks first rate. It should always be mentioned when a human face is done well, as there are some terrible ones out there, but this one appears natural, well-detailed, and accurate. We’re aware this is a render, so we’ll reserve final judgement, but Florentine artist Remo Mascherini has us hopeful it will hit the mark. The usual Swiss obverse that never seems to change rounds out the package.
The Swiss Mint has their own way of doing things (outside off the odd 0.835 fineness silver), so two finishes are available on fundamentally the same coin – proof or brilliant uncirculated. Proof variants (5k mintage) come boxed and sell for 60 CHF, with a small and usually sold out run of artist-signed certificate versions available for 70 CHF. The BU variant comes either with or without a gatefold blistercard, which you can see above. These sell for just 30 CHF, or 40 CHF, which is a significant saving for just a change of finish.
An esoteric subject, for sure, but one that looks to be treated with respect by the mint. Available to order now.