New coins

Silver coin Brass bands

On 26 May 2016, the Federal Mint Swissmint has launched a new silver coin dedicated to the theme of Brass bands.

All over the country, there is hardly a large festival where a wind band does not ensure a lively atmosphere. These bands enrich village and town life with their performances and contribute considerably to a sense of community among the local population. Switzerland has a well-deserved reputation as a country of wind music. Almost every village and town has at least one wind band. Unlike other countries, where civil wind bands copy the ensemble of military bands, what is most commonly found in Switzerland is Harmonie music (with woodwind and brass instruments) as well as pure brass ensembles, mixed brass ensembles (brass and saxophone instruments; Metallharmonie) and brass bands in the English style. The first civil wind societies were founded as early as the late 18th and early 19th centuries in the style of a military corps. Some of these organised a 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.

The launch of the 20-franc commemorative coin "Brass Bands", designed by Remo Mascherini from Belp, pays special tribute to the wind music scene and the Swiss Wind Band Association. The new silver coin is available in in the qualities 'uncirculated' and 'proof' in a presentation case at our online-shop

or from selected coin dealers and some banks. Further information on Swiss Brass bands can be found at www.livingtradition.ch and www.windband.ch

Flyer "Brass bands" (PDF, 1908 Kb)

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Last update: 08.12.2016