Preserving ephemeral beauty:
the „Morteratsch glacier“ coin
The bimetallic „Morteratsch glacier“ 10-franc coin, the first in the new three-part „Swiss glacier“ series, was issued on 13 January 2022.
The Morteratsch glacier is one of the mightiest in the Alps and the largest in Bernina Region, part of the Upper Engadine in the canton of Graubünden. It reached its peak extension during the Little Ice Age of the mid-19th century. Since then it has receded by around three kilometres in length, shrinking by about 40 metres a year. Meltwater flowing down has caused several caves to form under the glacier tongue, the end of the ice stream.
Could glaciers soon be history?
In earlier times, the Morteratsch glacier stretched down into the valley, which is why it is also referred to as a valley glacier. Today the glacier is still about 6.4km long and covers an area of 14.9km2. Climate change means that many of the world’s glaciers are retreating. Efforts are therefore under way to stop them shrinking, for example by covering the ice surface during the warm season.
Text in Switzerland’s fourth language
The 10-franc coin is bimetallic, comprising two precious metals: gold and silver. The obverse features the glacier in the centre, embedded in the landscape, surrounded in the outer ring by the Romansh words „Vadret da Morteratsch enturn il 1820“ (Morteratsch glacier c. 1820). The coin was designed by Swissmint engraver Remo Mascherini. The Rosenlaui glacier is planned as the next motif in 2023 and the Rhone glacier in 2024.
Proof in presentation case with certificate of authenticity
Proof in presentation case with certificate from the artist
Brilliant uncirculated coin set with bimetallic “Morteratsch glacier” coin
Proof coin set with bimetallic “Morteratsch glacier” coin