In the 11th century, Canons Regular of Saint Augustine founded a hospice as a refuge for travellers and pilgrims on the almost 2,500 metre-high Great Saint Bernard Pass. Large mountain dogs have been kept at the hospice since the mid-17th century to guard and protect those staying there. The legendary Saint Bernard dog Barry lived at the hospice from 1800 to 1812 and apparently saved the lives of more than 40 people. In memory of this brave dog, Swissmint issues a 50-franc gold coin. Order gold coin 'Barry'
In June 2017, the 30th Swiss Yodelling Festival will take place in Brig-Glis with 15,000 per-formers and over 150,000 visitors expected to attend. Performers, guests, visitors and Valais residents can look forward to four activity-packed days with first-rate performances, warm camaraderie and of course the chance to see or purchase Swissmint’s new 'Yodelling' com-memorative coin. Order silver coin 'Yodelling'
In 1899, Lake Lucerne steamer company DGV ordered a salon steamer from boatbuilders Sulzer in Winterthur. The ship was duly launched two years later and named 'Uri'. Since then, the paddle steamer has travelled well over two million kilometres, which is no wonder given that it used to be in operation almost all year round. In honour of this floating monument, Swissmint has chosen the “Uri” to grace the first coin in its three-part 'Swiss steamboats' series. Order silver coin Steamboat 'Uri'
Each year, the unique Alpine flora attracts countless visitors to the mountains. The mountain spring is particularly impressive. While the last snowfields gradually melt away, wherever you look plants are blossoming and sprouting. Particularly eye-catching in this display of colour is the deep blue of the gentian. Together with edelweiss and Alpine rose, it is one of the most popular Alpine flowers. Order bimetallic coin 'Gentian'
500 years ago, Europe was in the grip of the Reformation which led to cultural, social and political upheaval which still has an impact today. Even in Switzerland due to the action of Huldrych Zwingli and Johannes Calvin, the Reformation became an important catalyst on the road to the modern age, democracy and human rights which is why we want to celebrate the Reformation in a fitting way. Order silver coin '500 Years of Reformation'
The annual sets of circulation coins consist of all coins that are legal tender, from the five-centime coin through to the five-franc coin. They also contain a bimetallic ten-franc commemorative coin. They are available in the categories Proof and brilliant uncirculated. The baby coin set, the birthday coin set and the Christmas coin set contain a medal. Order Coin sets