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20 Francs Jungfrau Railway

20 Francs (Jungfrau Railway) -  obverse20 Francs (Jungfrau Railway) -  reverse

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Features

Country Switzerland
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2012
Value 20 Francs / Franken / Franchi
20 CHF = 21 USD
Currency Franc (1850-date)
Composition Silver (.835)
Weight 20 g
Diameter 33 mm
Thickness 2.8 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 143
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

100 Years of Jungfrau Railway

Obverse

Each year, more than half a million people visit the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe from where they admire the breath-taking view over the immense sea of ice of the Alps, the huge Aletsch Glacier, as well as the peaks and ridges of the mountain massifs. This is made possible by the 100-year-old Jungfrau Railway. First envisaged in 1893 by the Zurich industrialist Adolf Guyer-Zeller, it is regarded as the pioneering achievement among mountain railways. The Jungfrau Railway, which was powered by electricity from the outset, came into service all the way from Kleine Scheidegg to the Jungfraujoch in 1912. It conquers the 1400 metre climb in a journey time of around 50 minutes. The mountain station consisting of two rock caves at an altitude of 3454 metres is the highest railway station in Europe.

The most important section of the line is the 7 km long tunnel through the Eiger and Mönch mountain massifs. The Eigerwand and Eismeer intermediate stations are caverns blasted out of the rock providing an exceptional view out from the mountain and down into the valley. The sections to Rotstock, the Eigerwand viewpoint and the Eismeer viewpoint were opened in 1899, 1903 and 1905 respectively.

Date of issue: 19 January 2012
Design: Benno K. Zehnder, Gelfingen

Lettering: JUNGFRAUBAHN 1912-2012

Reverse

Country name, emblem, value and year.

Lettering: CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2012 B 20 FR

Edge

Lettering: DOMINUS PROVIDEBIT *************

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
2012 B 50,000 89%
2012 B 7,000 17% Proof

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Country: Switzerland
Languages : French English
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