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2018 Switzerland 20 Franc Silver Proof Coin "Alpine Passes: Klausen Pass"

RSM Price: $79.95
Item Number: 18CHAGPF1
  • Mint: swissmint
  • Denomination: 20 Francs
  • Quality: Proof
  • Limits: 4,750 pcs.
  • Alloy: 83.5% Silver
  • Diameter: 33 mm
  • Weight: 20 grams
  • Artist: Vito Noto
  • Delivered in capsule & box with certificate
 

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This is the inaugural issue in a new series featuring Swiss alpine passes, and highlights the Klausen Pass.

The 1,948 metre-high Klausen pass is 46km long and links the valley of Schächental in the canton of Uri with the rear of Linthal in the canton of Glarus. As a non-transalpine route, the Klausen pass was of no significance during either Roman times or the Middle Ages. However, no later than the High Middle Ages, a simple cattle track existed which was mostly used for moving cattle to the Alpine pastures on the Urnerboden.

Commercial interest in a road over the Klausen pass grew with the opening of the Gotthard railway line in 1882 because the new north-south route was reliant on link-roads. After the project received the armyʹs support, it was quickly built between 1893 and 1899. Even massive cost overruns were backed by the Confederation and the cantons. The big day came on 15 June 1900: the first stagecoach drove over the mountain pass and opened up the magnificent landscape between Linthal and Altdorf to tourism. The Klausen pass gained fame from the legendary Klausenrace, a historic mountain race for cars and motorcycles.

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