The Five Francs coin is a circulating denomination of the Swiss Franc. Given that Switzerland has four official languages, the Franc has three different names: Franken in German, franc in French and Romansh, and franco in Italian. Initially when federal Swiss coinage was introduced in 1850, all "francs" (including the half franc) were full-bodied silver, while the centimes were either billon (low-grade silver) or base metal.
The first version of the five francs coin featuring a seated figure of Helvetia was designed by Friedrich Fisch and engraved by Antoine Bovy. The reverse shows the value, a numeral 5, and a language-neutral abbreviation of the denomination, Fr. within a wreath whose left part consists of oak branches and the right part of various Alpine flowers while the reverse shows the Seated Helvetia figure, consistent with the other Franc coins of the time - the half franc, one franc and two francs. This version was larger and heavier than current coins (25 grams) and made of 0.900 silver. It was issued between 1850 and 1874 and was initially struck by the Paris Mint and the Brussels Mint, then by the Bern Mint (now Swissmint).
In 1888, the coin was changed to a new design by Karl Schwenzer, with the reverse showing a shield within a wreath, and the obverse featuring a portrait of the symbolic figure Helvetia. Unlike the smaller denominations, its metal was not debased.
This changed again in 1922, to the current design by Paul Burkhard with a re-designed shield on the reverse and the figure of an Alpine herdsman on the obverse. The next transformation of the denomination was in 1931 when the coins were made smaller. The final change was in 1968 when silver content was abandoned, and the circulating earlier types were demonetised on 1st April 1971.
The current Five Franc coins are made of cupro-nickel and weigh 13.2 grams.
|Five Francs 2003||1,028,000||CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA|
|Five Francs 2004||529,000||CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA|
|Five Francs 2005||529,000||CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA|
|Five Francs 2006||530,000||CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA|
|Five Francs 2007||528,000||CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA|
|Five Francs 2008||526,000||CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA|
|Five Francs 2009||2,026,000||CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA|
|Five Francs 2010||5,026,000||CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA|
|Five Francs 2011||3,026,000||CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA|
|Five Francs 2012||8,026,000||CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA|
|Five Francs 2013||8,023,500||CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA|
|Five Francs 2014||7,022,000||CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA|
|Five Francs 2015||5,026,000||CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA|
|Five Francs 2016||4,028,000||CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA|
|Five Francs 2017||3,029,500||CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA|
|Five Francs 2018||3,027,000||CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA|
|Five Francs 2019||3,022,000||CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA|
|Five Francs 2020||3,020,000||CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA|
|Five Francs 2021||2,021,000||CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA|
|Five Francs 2022||1,013,000||CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA|
|Five Francs 2023||1,020,750||CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA|
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Five Francs, Seated Helvetia|
Five Francs, Silver (Large)
Five Francs, Burkhard Design, Silver (Large)
Five Francs, Burkhard Design, Silver (Small)
Five Francs, Commemorative (Silver)
Five Francs, CuproNickel
Five Francs, Commemorative (CuproNickel)
|Face Value||5 (x Franc)|
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