The Swiss Federal Mint has issued (26th May) a new silver collector coin paying tribute to Swiss brass bands, a quintessential tradition in the Alpine region of Europe. Although this type of music could be considered to have found its origins in Great Britain, the brass band became increasingly popular across Switzerland especially during the last half-century.
Brass bands enrich town life and festivals all over Switzerland; almost every village has at least one wind band. The first civil wind societies were founded as early as the late 18th and early 19th centuries in the style of a military corps. According to a press release, some of these societies organised as music festival in Zofingen in 1862, which led to the founding of the “Federal Wind Band Federation.” Nowadays, the Swiss Wind Band Association, as the umbrella organisation, has over 2,000 societies of various sizes. This type of music is so dear to the Swiss that each year sees 60 brass bands compete in Montreux for a place in the European championships.
The coin, designed by Remo Mascherini from the town of Belp, includes the image of a large brass Tuba, one of the instruments prominently featured in the bands, along with a score of music in the background. The text BLASMUSIK FANFARES is placed above and to the right side along the upper rim.
The reverse design includes the text CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA, along with the year of issue and the coin’s denomination.
|20 Francs||.835 silver||20 Grams||33 mm.||UNC||30,000 pieces|
|20 Francs||.835 silver||20 Grams||33 mm.||Proof||5000 pieces|
The coin is available in both Proof and BU quality. The Proof edition is presented in a case with a certificate of authenticity and the BU version is packaged in a blister-pak. For more information on these and other coins offered by the Federal Swiss Mint, please visit their Web site. International orders will be dispatched where applicable.