The National Bank of Switzerland has issued (24th January) new commemorative coins which celebrate the centenary anniversary of the country’s most notable entertainment performers, the internationally renowned national circus, Knie.
The historical roots of the Swiss national circus, Knie, go back to the beginning of the 19th century when Friedrich Knie joined a group of performers and thereby founded the Knie circus dynasty. However, it was around 100 years ago that the Knie family laid the foundation for an unparalleled success story and its fame today. Friedrich Knie’s decision was made to buy a tent on credit, and the family celebrated its first show in the 3,000-seater big top on the Schützenmatte in Bern. This opening show was an immense success and drew huge crowds. The idea of having a circus tent was the basis for one of the world’s best-known and most essential circus companies.
Since then, the Circus Knie has been enthusing young and old with opulently staged programmes in its circus ring. Although the Knie family had lived through some hard times, for instance when the public’s interest in circuses waned for various reasons, the circus family always found its way out of difficult financial situations thanks to mutual family support, strong will, visionary foresight, and changes in public perceptions regarding live entertainment. The Circus Knie reinforced its international reputation with various guest shows abroad and innovative shows, a notable example being the involvement of the Chinese National Circus (1984), the Moscow State Circus (1988), Mummenschanz (1988), and Cirque du Soleil (1992).
The commemorative coins, which are produced by the Swiss Mint at their facilities in Bern on behalf of the National Bank of Switzerland, are designed by the Swiss Mint’s engraver Remo Mascherini.
The reverse side is that of the standard design with the issuing authority CONFEDERATIO HELVETICA, the year of issue, 2018, and the denomination of 20 FR in a circular pattern.
|20 francs||.835 silver||20 g||33 mm||Proof||5,000|
This silver coin is available for purchase only in Proof quality, which is encapsulated and included in a presentation case accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity. For additional information about the Circus Knie centenary anniversary commemorative coin, please visit the website of the Swiss Federal Mint.