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2017 Switzerland 20 Franc Silver Proof Coin "Steamboats: Uri Paddle Steamer"

RSM Price: $79.95
Item Number: 17CHAGPF3
  • Mint: swissmint
  • Denomination: 20 Francs
  • Quality: Proof
  • Limits: 5,000 pcs.
  • Alloy: 83.5% Silver
  • Diameter: 33 mm
  • Weight: 20 grams
  • Artist: Ueli Colombi
  • Delivered in capsule & box with certificate
 

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This coin pays tribute to one of Switzerland’s most endearing national treasures, the Uri steamboat. It is the first coin in a three-part “Swiss Steamboats” series

The Uri is Switzerland’s oldest paddle steamer and the oldest ship in the Schiffahrtsgesellschaft des Vierwaldstattersees (SGV) company’s fleet, having embarked on its maiden voyage on Lake Lucerne in 1901.

The ship can take 800 passengers and offers both first- and second-class accommodation. The Uri is a classic example of a Sulzer paddle steamer, many of which were manufactured around the beginning of the 20th century. They boast excellent handling in the water, stability in rough weather, and fuel economy. The Uri is powered by an inclined 650 HP Sulzer two-cylinder condensing compound steam engine.

Over the years, the Uri underwent various upgrades and repairs, and had its share of minor incidents. In 1949 it was converted to burn heavy oil instead of coal; then, between 1960 and 1961, it had a protective roof installed as well as a retractable wheelhouse and a telescopic chimney and masts, enabling it to pass under the Acheregg motorway bridge in Stansstad. When the ship was completely refurbished between 1991 and 1994, these alterations were reversed and the resplendent neo-Baroque, first-class salon designed by Filippo Cassina of Milan was restored to its former glory. The furniture and richly decorated ceilings were completely reconstructed, while the bow decoration had already been replaced with the Uri bull emblem in 1981 after being damaged in an accident.

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