this was a long-term project. the goal was to create 26 geocoins, one for each canton (= “mini state”) of switzerland. the goal was achieved in 2020.
the front sides show the canton’s flag (coat of
arms), the year of joining the swiss confederation, a small swiss flag,
and the canton’s name in the four swiss national languages: german,
french, italian, and romansh.
the back shows a typical feature of the canton, either folklore, geography, architecture, culture, ...
these are the 26 coins:
basel city (design: dartcache)
showing basilisk, a medieval heraldic bird.
>>> 2021 new edition: waggis carneval mask (design: ernies)
appenzell ausserrhoden (design: romeo8)
showing two trychel (giant cow bells) players, wearing their regional folk dress.
schwyz (design: conivo) crossbow shooter (william tell).
zug (idea: rigicache/kappis, design: ernies) zytturm (time tower in zug city.
neuchâtel (design: ernies) les halles square in neuchâtel city.
lucerne (design: ernies) kappellbrücke (chapel bridge) in lucerne city.
thurgau (design: ernies) lion, the local heraldic animal.
waadt/vaud (idea: thunderbird5, design: ernies) chillon castle.
grisons (design: ernies) sgraffito, house ornaments.
zurich (design: ernies et al.) sechseläuten/böögg (burning bogey man (symbol for winter)).
uri (design: danioth): devil’s bridge: goat and devil.
solothurn (idea: hrothgar71, design: ernies): 11-hours clock.
jura (design: ernies): jura landscape with horses and typical house.
basel country (design: kuertu): chienbäse procession, man with burning pinewood besom.
st. gall (design: ernies): saint gall with bear.
obwalden (design: ernies): the crests of the seven municipalities of canton obwalden.
geneva (design: ernies): place de molard.
aargau (design: ernies): hallwyl castle.
nidwalden (design: ernies): glass manufacturing.
ticino (design: ernies): lake of lugano.
valais/wallis (design: ernies): aletsch glacier and marmots.
schaffhausen (design: ernies): munot castle.
fribourg (design: stock): cow (dairy industry).
glarus (design: ernies): the three communitiy flags.
berne (design: ernies/stock): bear and the three mountains eiger, mönch and jungfrau.
appenzell innerrhoden (design: ernies): aescher mountain restaurant.
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