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Swiss Franc Celebrates “Swiss Miss”

Release Date: 
Friday, March 11, 2011

A bust of Vreneli, the iconic “Swiss Miss” who embodies the virtue of liberty, adorns one of the world’s classic gold coins: the Swiss 20 Franc gold coin.

Popular among Goldline clients, the coin is also known as the “HELVETIA,” a word printed on the coin above Vreneli’s head that provides a clue to the history of this unique 90% gold Swiss 20 Franc coin.  Now known as a western region in Switzerland, Helvetia once referred to the people of this area as well.  Helvetia has fallen under the rule of some of the most powerful leaders in world history over time.

Julius Caesar conquered the Helvetii for the Roman Empire in 58 B.C. and the name stayed with the people and the region through the beginning of the 19th Century. The country was later named the Helvetian Republic in 1798 during Napoleon's rule over the region. After Napoleon’s defeat in 1815, the Congress of Vienna recognized Switzerland's sovereignty, and Switzerland has remained neutral during foreign wars since then.

All Vreneli Swiss 20 Francs, which contain 0.1867 ounces of gold, were minted in the country's lone mint facility located in Bern beginning in 1896.  Switzerland has long been synonymous with stability and fiscal strength based on its practice of backing its currency with a large amount of gold.

Click here for further details and an image of this historically significant coin.

Learn why European gold coins like the Swiss 20 Franc are the number one choice of Goldline investors.

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