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2018 Switzerland 20 Franc Silver Proof Coin "Swiss Army Knife"

RSM Price: $79.95
Pre-Sale - Delivery in mid-October
Item Number: 18CHAGPF3
  • Mint: swissmint
  • Denomination: 20 Francs
  • Quality: Proof
  • Limits: 4,750 pcs.
  • Alloy: 83.5% Silver
  • Diameter: 33 mm
  • Weight: 20 grams
  • Artist: Nadja Baltensweiler
  • Delivered in capsule & box with certificate
 

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This issue commemorates the 100th anniversary of the death of cutlery pioneer Karl Elsener, the inventor of the Swiss Army Knife.

Karl Elsener (1860–1918) founded a cutlery workshop in Ibach in 1884, where he came up with the idea of manufacturing soldiers’ knives which had previously been made in Germany in Switzerland. However, his business was too small to obtain orders from the army. For this reason, in 1891 he founded the Swiss Cutlers’ Association with the aim of manufacturing the soldiers’ knives for the army along with other cutlers in Switzerland. The first delivery was made the same year.

The soldier’s knife was very robust but also relatively heavy. So Elsener developed a lighter and above all more elegant knife with even more functions. He called this pocket knife model the “Officer’s and Sports Knife,” and had it legally protected in 1897. However, unlike the soldier’s knife, the Officer’s Knife did not become official army equipment. This did not affect its success. The “Swiss army knife,” as the Officer’s Knife was called for export, began to conquer the world after the Second World War. U.S. soldiers based in Europe bought them in large quantities as a popular souvenir for when they returned home. The establishment of the souvenir market in the 1970s, but also the significance of the products in terms of quality, functionality, innovation, and iconic design have helped Victorinox to achieve worldwide recognition. Victorinox AG is now run by the fourth generation of the Elsener family.

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