It is made of gold. This is because, according to Nicoletta Mariolini, Federal Delegate for Plurilingualism, Switzerland’s linguistic diversity is worth its weight in gold.
4 language regions
The obverse depicts the four language regions. From left to right, French-speaking Switzerland, German-speaking Switzerland, Italian-speaking Switzerland and then Romansh-speaking Switzerland These four language regions are skilfully combined to form one overall view.
The coin’s name “Varietad Linguistica” comes from the Romansh (Rumantsch Grischun, “standard” Romansh) and is a tribute to paragraph 5 of Article 70 of the Federal Constitution: “The Confederation shall support measures by the Cantons of Graubünden and Ticino to preserve and promote the Romansh and the Italian languages.”