20 francs: The 80 years of Globi
On 5th June 2012, the Federal Mint Swissmint is launching a commemorative coin in silver dedicated to children’s book character Globi. Since 80 years the mischievous blue parrot has been delighting generations of children with his jests. The Federal Mint Swissmint is issuing a commemorative coin with a picture of Globi, the most successful Swiss children’s book character ever, in honour of his 80th birthday. The silver coin has a face value of 20 francs. It was designed in the style of the Globi artist Robert Lips and is available in “uncirculated” and “proof coin” qualities in a presentation case at our online-shop or from selected coin dealers and banks. In a symbolic act on 6th June 2012, Kurt Rohrer, Swissmint Managing Director, will be handing over a large model of the commemorative coin to a Globi figure at the Heidsee lake in Lenzerheide. Globi was created in 1932 as part of the activities to mark the 25th anniversary of the Globus department store. The enthusiastic public response led to Globi’s adventures appearing initially as a teenage magazine and later also in book form. The character has become an integral part of the Swiss cultural treasures and has accompanied generations of children.