Mint Year: 1896 References: KM-31.3. Mintage: 400,000 pcs. Denomination: 20 Francs Mint Place: Bern (Switzerland) Condition: A few bag-marks in obverse fields and minor contact-marks, otherwise a nice uncirculated coin with full mint luster! Material: Gold (.900) Diameter: 21mm Weight: 6.45gm
Reverse: Star above swiss shield splitting value (20-FR). Date (1896) below. All within wreath. Comment: Mint initial (B) below.
The rise of Switzerland as a federal state began on September 12, 1848, with the creation of a federal constitution, which was created in response to a 27-day civil war in Switzerland, the Sonderbundskrieg. The constitution, which was heavily influenced by the US Constitution and the ideas of the French Revolution, was modified several times during the following decades and wholly replaced in 1999. The constitution represents the first time that the Swiss were governed by a strong central government instead of being simply a collection of independent cantons bound by treaties.
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