Five Centimes (Rappen), Aluminium Bronze, Coin Type from Switzerland - detailed information

Five Centimes (Rappen), Aluminium Bronze, Coin Type from Switzerland (issued 1981 - )
Coin TypeFive Centimes (Rappen), Aluminium Bronze

The Five Centimes coin is currently the smallest circulating denomination of the Swiss Franc, after the One Centime and Two Centimes denominations were demonetised in 2007 and 1978 respectively. Given that Switzerland has four official languages, the sub-unit of the Franc has four different names; it is centime (c.) in French, Rappen (Rp.) in German, centesimo (ct.) in Italian and rap (rp.) in Romansh. Some English-language catalogues call the coin a "5 Rappen" coin, but the English-language publications of the Swiss National Bank and Swissmint prefer the word "5 centimes".

Coins of the 5 centime (Rappen) denomination went through several transformations in their history. The first version of the coin was designed by Carl Friedrich Voigt and featured the Swiss Coat of Arms on the obverse. It was made of billon (low-grade silver alloy) and was demonetised in 1886.

In 1879, this second version of the design was released. The obverse was changed to a design by Karl Schwenzer featuring the effigy of Libertas; the metal was then changed to copper-nickel and the coin became slightly heavier. The reverse retained the original design; it shows the value (only a numeral, no text) within a wreath of grape leaves and grapes.

Copper-nickel coins issued for over 100 years until 1980, with the exception of 1918 when it was struck in brass, and the period between 1932 and 1941 when it was struck in nickel). The one-year brass type was demonetised in 1924, and the cupronickel and pure nickel coins on 1st January 1984 when they were replaced by this current aluminium bronze 5 centime (Rappen) coin.

All coins of this type have been struck by Swissmint (previously known as the Bern Mint and the Federal Mint of Switzerland).

Obverse
Switzerland / Five Centimes (Rappen), Aluminium Bronze - obverse photo

The obverse features an effigy of Libertas, the Roman goddess and embodiment of Liberty. It depicts a female head looking right, with a ribbon in her hair, wearing a diadem with the text LIBERTAS on it. Around, the legend · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · (translated from Latin: Swiss Federation), separated from the date [year] below by quatrefoils (flower shape with four leaves) for dots.

Obverse Inscription · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · [year]
Reverse
Switzerland / Five Centimes (Rappen), Aluminium Bronze - reverse photo

The reverse shows the value 5 (only a numeral, no text) within a wreath of grape leaves and grapes. This original reverse has remained unchanged since 1850 to present.

The mint mark B of Swissmint (earlier known as the Bern Mint or the Federal Mint of Switzerland) is under the ribbon tying the wreath for coins issued between in 1986 and later; coins issued between 1981 and 1985 have no mint mark.

Reverse Inscription 5
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Coin Type: Five Centimes (Rappen), Aluminium Bronze - (41) Coins
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1981 79,030,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 1981
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1982 75,350,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 1982
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1983 92,757,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 1983
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1984 69,974,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 1984
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1985 60,044,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 1985
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1986 55,041,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 1986
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1987 39,828,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 1987
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1988 55,044,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 1988
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1989 45,031,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 1989
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1990 45,031,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 1990
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1991 35,036,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 1991
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1992 35,028,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 1992
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1993 38,023,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 1993
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1994 35,023,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 1994
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1995 20,024,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 1995
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1996 25,023,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 1996
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1997 25,023,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 1997
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1998 10,021,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 1998
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1999 8,021,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 1999
Five Centimes (Rappen) 2000 5,026,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 2000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 2001 5,028,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 2001
Five Centimes (Rappen) 2002 12,030,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 2002
Five Centimes (Rappen) 2003 10,028,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 2003
Five Centimes (Rappen) 2004 10,029,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 2004
Five Centimes (Rappen) 2005 13,029,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 2005
Five Centimes (Rappen) 2006 12,030,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 2006
Five Centimes (Rappen) 2007 13,028,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 2007
Five Centimes (Rappen) 2008 40,026,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 2008
Five Centimes (Rappen) 2009 45,026,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 2009
Five Centimes (Rappen) 2010 44,026,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 2010
Five Centimes (Rappen) 2011 50,026,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 2011
Five Centimes (Rappen) 2012 35,026,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 2012
Five Centimes (Rappen) 2013 37,023,500 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 2013
Five Centimes (Rappen) 2014 46,022,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 2014
Five Centimes (Rappen) 2015 64,026,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 2015
Five Centimes (Rappen) 2016 32,028,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 2016
Five Centimes (Rappen) 2017 32,029,500 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 2017
Five Centimes (Rappen) 2018 28,027,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 2018
Five Centimes (Rappen) 2019 30,022,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 2019
Five Centimes (Rappen) 2020 30,020,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 2020
Five Centimes (Rappen) 2021 27,021,000 Libertas by Karl Schwenzer · CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA · 2021
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Five Centimes (Rappen), Aluminium Bronze: Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
Sub-type ofFive Centimes (Rappen)
From1981
Face Value5 (x Centime)
CurrentNo
MaterialAluminium-Bronze
DesignerCarl Friedrich Voigt, Karl Schwenzer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size17.150 mm
Thickness1.250 mm
Mass1.800 g
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