The Swiss 20 Francs Vreneli gold coin is one of the world's classic gold coins. Switzerland, neutral since its creation by the Congress of Vienna in 1815, has long been synonymous with stability and fiscal strength due to its practice of backing its currency with large quantities of gold.
The obverse (front) of this Swiss 20 Francs gold coin, considered by some as the loveliest of all Swiss coin designs, features a bust of a Vreneli, the charming 'Swiss Miss' of Swiss lore. Above her head appears the word 'HELVETIA',which is why this coin is also referred to as a Helvetia. The reverse of the coin features a Swiss shield over a background of an oak branch tied with ribbons.
All Vreneli Swiss 20 Francs were minted in the country's lone mint facility located in Bern and are composed of 90 % gold.