|Actual Metal Weight:||0.1867 ozt|
|Face Value:||20 Francs|
The Swiss 20 Franc Helvetia Gold Coin was minted from 1897-1935. Swiss Helvetias are .900 pure gold, and features .1867 troy oz of gold content. It is commonly referred to at the "Vreneli" coin, deriving from the word "Verena," an early Christian Saint that was later associated with Helvetia, the female personification of Switzerland, much like Lady Liberty represents the United States.
The coin's obverse portrays a likeness of Verena designed by Francoise Engli. Above her image "HELVETIA" is inscribed. During the Roman conquest of Gaul in the second century BC, the tribe known as the Helvetii were the predominant tribe of Switzerland. The Romans named the area Helvetia, which is still the name the Swiss use for their nation today. One will often see the initials "CH", which stand for "Confederation Helvetica" used on Swiss items.
On the reverse is the Swiss cross centered on a shield, which is surrounded by an oak branch. The coin's denomination, "20 FR" and the mint year are also featured.
*This is a stock photo for reference. Coins are various dates.