Coins of the Swiss franc

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The current series of the Swiss franc.

The coins of the Swiss franc are the official coins used in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The name of the subunit is Centime in French, Rappen in German, Centisimo in Italian and Rap in Romansh. There are coins in denominations of 5 centimes, 10 centimes, 20 centimes, ½ franc (50 centimes), 1 franc, 2 francs and 5 francs; in the past, there were also coins of 1 and 2 centimes.

History[edit]

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 Swiss coins valid today are the 10 centime coins dating back to 1879, they are therefore among the world’s 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 ½ franc to 5 francs were of silver alloy. These were withdrawn because the price of silver alloy exceeded the face value.

The 2-centime coins were made invalid in 1978, and 1-centime coins were made invalid in 2007, long after they had fallen out of daily use.

Circulation[edit]

Since 2004, moreover, the existing pure nickel 20 centime coins of the years 1881–1938 have been withdrawn from circulation because machines cannot detect them. Today, all the coins except the 5 centime 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
Fünfrappen.jpg 5 centimes 17.15 mm 1.25 mm 1.8 g 92% Cu, 6% Al, 2% Ni Plain Effigy of Libertas Value
10 Swiss Rappen 1995 10 centimes 19.15 mm 1.45 mm 3 g 75% Cu, 25% Ni Plain Effigy of Libertas Value
20 Swiss Rappen 1995 20 centimes 21.05 mm 1.65 mm 4 g 75% Cu, 25% Ni Plain Effigy of Libertas Value
50 Swiss Rappen 1995 ½ Franc (50 centimes) 18.20 mm 1.25 mm 2.2 g 75% Cu, 25% Ni Milled Helvetia, shown standing Value
1 Swiss franc 1995 1 Franc 23.20 mm 1.55 mm 4.4 g 75% Cu, 25% Ni Milled Helvetia, shown standing Value
2 Swiss francs 1995 2 Francs 27.40 mm 2.15 mm 8.8 g 75% Cu, 25% Ni Milled Helvetia, shown standing Value
5 Swiss francs 1995 5 Francs 31.45 mm 2.35 mm 13.2 g 75% Cu, 25% Ni Inscribed Representation of an alpine herdsman Value

Commemorative coins[edit]

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Gallery[edit]

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