Five Francs, CuproNickel, Coin Type from Switzerland - detailed information

Five Francs, CuproNickel, Coin Type from Switzerland (issued 1968 - )
Coin TypeFive Francs, CuproNickel

The Five Francs coin is a circulating denomination of the Swiss Franc. Given that Switzerland has four official languages, the currency 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 featured a seated figure of Helvetia; in 1888, this was changed to a new design 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. At that time, the specifications of the Latin Monetary Union were kept. The next transformation of the denomination was in 1931 when the coins were made smaller and the silver content was slightly debased.

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 smaller and made of cupro-nickel (75% copper, 25% nickel).

Obverse
Switzerland / Five Francs, CuproNickel - obverse photo

The obverse by Paul Burkhard shows a hooded male figure representing an alpine herdsman (and not William Tell as some people think). The legend CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA is around above.

The engraver's signature, P BVRKHARD INCT. (an abbreviation for the Latin text "Paul Burkhard incidit", meaning "engraved by Paul Burkhard), is below left on the figure's shoulder, incuse counter-clockwise in small letters.

Obverse Inscription CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Reverse
Switzerland / Five Francs, CuproNickel - reverse photo

The reverse shows the Coat of Arms of Switzerland with a rounded shield and no tincture for the background colour, surrounded by flower wreaths. The value and denomination 5 FR. are above the shield.

The date: [year] is below the shield, and the mint mark B of Swissmint (ex Bern Mint) is below the date (coins issued between 1970 and 1985 incl. have no mint mark).

Reverse Inscription 5 FR. [year]
EdgeInscribed (lettering in relief)Edge Inscription*** DOMINUS PROVIDEBIT **********
Notes

The edge is lettered, carrying the legend DOMINUS PROVIDEBIT (from Latin: God will provide) and 13 stars, in relief.

Edge lettering was incuse between 1985 and 1993 incl.; these coins were removed from circulation and demonetised on 1st January 2004.

From 1968 to 1984 coins had "coin alignment" (opposite axis of both sides); later coins are issued in "medal alignment" (same orientation).

Coin Type: Five Francs, CuproNickel - (51) Coins
Coin NameMintageLegend
Five Francs 1968 33,871,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1970 6,306,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1973 5,002,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1974 6,007,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1975 4,015,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1976 3,007,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1977 2,009,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1978 4,411,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1979 4,011,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1980 4,026,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1981 6,018,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1982 5,050,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1983 4,033,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1984 3,953,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1985 4,050,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1986 7,083,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1987 7,028,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1988 7,029,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1989 5,031,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1990 1,049,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1991 544,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1992 5,035,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1993 5,023,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1994 12,023,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1995 12,024,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1996 12,023,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1997 9,022,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1998 9,021,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1999 9,021,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 2000 7,026,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 2001 1,028,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 2002 1,030,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
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
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Five Francs, CuproNickel: Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
Sub-type ofFive Francs
From1968
Face Value5 (x Franc)
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerPaul Burkhard
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size31.450 mm
Thickness2.350 mm
Mass13.200 g