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2016 Switzerland 20 Franc Silver Proof Coin "Swiss Red Cross 150 Years"

RSM Price: $69.95
Item Number: 16CHAGPF1
  • Mint: swissmint
  • Denomination: 20 Francs
  • Quality: Proof
  • Limits: 5,000 pcs.
  • Alloy: 83.5% Silver
  • Diameter: 33 mm
  • Weight: 20 grams
  • Artist: Marc Roulin
  • Delivered in capsule & box with certificate
 

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This issue celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Swiss Red Cross, the country's largest humanitarian organization.

On 17 July 1866, General Henri Dufour, Federal Councillor Jakob Dubs and other prominent figures met in Bern with the goal of founding the Swiss Red Cross (SRC). This new organization was initially called the "Aid organisation for Swiss soldiers and their families" and reflected the organization's purpose at that time of supporting the Armed Forces medical services in times of war through voluntary workers. This was also one of Henry Dunant's basic ideas. The aid organization's first major effort came with the internment of the Army of the East, commanded by General Bourbaki, in 1871 during the Franco-Prussian War. The SRC's activity during both world wars consolidated the aid organization's position and enhanced its reputation at both national and international level. After World War II, its focus shifted increasingly to the civilian sector, with numerous new tasks.

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