Goldvreneli - Swiss History and Tradition in Your Hands
Important dates & details of the Goldvreneli 20 Swiss francs:
Nominal value during the times as means of payment: 20 Swiss francs.
Produced in the years from 1897 to 1949
Total circulation: 58,634,255 copies
Diameter: 21 mm
Thickness: 1.25 mm
Gross weight: 6.45 g
Fine weight gold: 5.806 g
As a successor to the 20 Francs "Helvetia", the first "Goldvrenelis" were minted in 1897. The obverse of the coin shows the head of a young girl with curly hair and braids to the left in front of a mountain chain, while the reverse shows the face value "20 FR" divided by the Swiss cross in a shield in front of an oak branch above the year. “Vreneli” is the Swiss diminutive for the female given name Verena.
These gold coins were means of payment at the face value of 20 CHF and were minted in millions from 1897 to 1949 in the weight standard of the Latin Mint Union (5.806 g fine gold), of which Switzerland was a member. Today, the "Goldvreneli" is known and appreciated worldwide and represents one of the most popular investment coins, not least thanks to its size and flexibility in buying and selling.