Five Francs, Commemorative (CuproNickel), Coin Type from Switzerland - detailed information

Five Francs, Commemorative (CuproNickel), Coin Type from Switzerland (issued 1974 - 1990)
Coin TypeFive Francs, Commemorative (CuproNickel)

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.

Normal circulating coins went through several transformations: with a seated figure of Helvetia on the obverse, then a portrait of Helvetia, then the current design by Paul Burkhard. The earliest coins were issued with the specifications of the Latin Monetary Union until in 1931 when the coins were made smaller and the content was slightly debased. Starting in 1936, the country also occasionally issued circulating commemorative one-year type 5 Franc coins in silver to mark various important occasions.

After these were demonetised in 1971 and the denomination became copper-nickel (CuproNickel), Swissimint issued an extensive series of commemoratives between 1974 and 1990 (in parallel with the regular design), after which time it stopped issuing commemoratives in this denomination and returned to the regular design only.

CuproNickel commemorative 5 Francs issued between 1985 and 1990 had incuse edge lettering (cut into the metal and not in relief as the later ones). Due to extensive forgeries, they were withdrawn from circulation and demonetised on 1st January 2004. Coins issued in other years are still current and circulate in Switzerland.

Switzerland / Five Francs, Commemorative (CuproNickel) - obverse photo

Various obverses as individually described in the listings below.

Obverse Inscription HELVETIA
Switzerland / Five Francs, Commemorative (CuproNickel) - reverse photo

Various reverses as individually described in the listings below.

Reverse Inscription 5 Fr. [year]
EdgeInscribed (lettering in relief)Edge Inscription*** DOMINUS PROVIDEBIT **********
Coin Type: Five Francs, Commemorative (CuproNickel) - (18) Coins
Coin NameMintageLegend
Five Francs 1974 Constitution Revision 3,839,000 CONSTITUTIO
Five Francs 1975 Year of Historic Preservation 2,560,000 1975 HEREDIO NOSTRO FUTURUM
Five Francs 1976 Battle of Murten 1,606,900 MVRATVM 1476 1976
Five Francs 1977 Heinrich Pestalozzi 852,260 5 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 1977
Five Francs 1978 Henry Dunant 963,000 5 FR CONFÅ’DERATIO HELVETICA 1978
Five Francs 1979 Albert Einstein - Portrait 935,000 ALBERT EINSTEIN
Five Francs 1979 Albert Einstein - Formula 937,000 ALBERT EINSTEIN
Five Francs 1980 Ferdinand Hodler 1,001,200 FERDINAND HODLER
Five Francs 1981 Treaty of Stans 950,260 STANS 1481
Five Francs 1982 Gotthard Railway 1,170,110 1882 - 1982 GOTHARDUS
Five Francs 1983 Ernest Ansermet 1,087,990 ERNEST ANSERMET 1883-1969
Five Francs 1984 Auguste Piccard 1,087,990 A. PICCARD 1884 - 1962
Five Francs 1985 European Year of Music 1,240,400 MVSICES ANNVS EVROPAE 1985
Five Francs 1986 Battle of Sempach 1,157,800 1386 SEMPACH
Five Francs 1987 Le Corbusier 1,022,515 LE CORBVSIER MODVLOR 432 698 1130 1887 1965
Five Francs 1988 Olympic Movement 1,094,527 (none)
Five Francs 1989 Henri Guisan 1,339,012 HENRI GUISAN 1939
Five Francs 1990 Gottfried Keller 1,169,412 GOTTFRIED KELLER 1819 - 1890
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Five Francs, Commemorative (CuproNickel): Details
CurrencySwiss Franc
Sub-type ofFive Francs
Face Value5 (x Franc)
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size31.4500 mm
Mass13.2000 g