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Silver coin 500 Years of Reformation

On 26 January 2017, the Federal Mint Swissmint has issued a new silver coin dedicated to the Reformation Jubilee.

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. The anniversary of the Reformation is being feted throughout Europe but it is not Luther’s thesis that is being celebrated which according to legend is said to have come into existence in Wittenberg in 1517. It is far more about the Reformation as a movement, whose cultural, social and political potency which still has an impact 500 years later. The main focus is the question of what the Reformation means for today's generation and tomorrow's generation and not revisiting a mystical date in time. The anniversary puts the achievements of the Reformation back to centre stage, it also does not forget about the downside of the Reformation and places itself at the service of ecumenical commitment. Luther also influenced the Swiss reformer with his writings, amongst which were Johannes Calvin in Geneva and Huldrych Zwingli in Zurich.

The new 20-franc silver coin designed by Ben Pfäffli, from Burgdorf, is available in in the qualities 'uncirculated' and 'proof' in a presentation case at our online-shop or from selected coin dealers and banks.

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Last update: 24.08.2017