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Coins of the Swiss franc

The current series.

The Coins of the Swiss franc are the official coins used in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. There are coins of 5 cents (German: Rappen, French: centimes), 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents (1/2 franc), 1 franc, 2 francs and 5 francs. In the past, there were also coins of 1 and 2 cents.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Circulation 2
  • Commemorative coins 3
  • Notes and references 4
  • See also 5
  • Gallery 6
  • External links 7

History

A ten-cent coin from 1879.

The country's name is on all the coins as Confoederatio Helvetica, the Latin name of the Swiss Confederation, or Helvetia specified.

The oldest coins are still valid today; the 10 Rappen coins dating back to 1879. They are therefore among the world oldest coins still valid today. To date, they have the same design and the same alloy (copper, nickel). Until 1967, the circulating coins with face values of 1/2 franc to 5 francs were of silver alloy. These were withdrawn because the price of silver alloy exceeded the face value.

Since 1978, the 2-cent coins are not valid any more. Since 2007, long after they had fallen out of daily use, the 1-cent coins are not valid any more either.

Circulation

Since 2004, moreover, the existing pure nickel 20 Rappen coins of the years 1881–1938 have been withdrawn from circulation because machines cannot detect them. Today, all the coins except the 5 Rappen coin (aluminum bronze since 1981) are in a copper nickel (cupronickel) alloy. Seven coins (1995) are currently in circulation:

Image Value Diameter Thickness Mass Composition Edge Obverse Reverse
5 Rappen 17.15 mm 1.25 mm 1.8 g 92% Cu, 6% Al, 2% Ni Plain Libertas head (often misinterpreted as Helvetia) Value
10 Swiss Rappen 1995 10 Rappen 19.15 mm 1.45 mm 3 g 75% Cu, 25% Ni Plain Libertas head (often misinterpreted as Helvetia) Value
20 Swiss Rappen 1995 20 Rappen 21.05 mm 1.65 mm 4 g 75% Cu, 25% Ni Plain Libertas head (often misinterpreted as Helvetia) Value
50 Swiss Rappen 1995 50 Rappen 18.20 mm 1.25 mm 2.2 g 75% Cu, 25% Ni Milled Standing Helvetia Value
1 Swiss franc 1995 1 Franc 23.20 mm 1.55 mm 4.4 g 75% Cu, 25% Ni Milled Standing Helvetia Value
2 Swiss francs 1995 2 Francs 27.40 mm 2.15 mm 8.8 g 75% Cu, 25% Ni Milled Standing Helvetia Value
5 Swiss francs 1995 5 Francs 31.45 mm 2.35 mm 13.2 g 75% Cu, 25% Ni Inscribed Alpine herdsman (often misinterpreted as William Tell) Value

Commemorative coins

The commemorative Swiss coins include series of 5-franc coins (uni-metallic and bi-metallic), 10-franc coins (bi-metallic), 20 Franc coins (83.5% silver), 50, 100 and 250 Franc coins (90% gold).

Notes and references

See also

Gallery

External links

  • Banknotes and coins (Swiss National Bank)
  • Swiss coins (www.zumbo.ch)


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