Switzerland: Coin Type One Centime (Rappen) - detailed information

Switzerland: Coin Type One Centime (Rappen) (issued 1850 - 2006)
Coin TypeOne Centime (Rappen)

The One Centime coin was the smallest circulating denomination of the Swiss Franc from its inception in 1850 until it was demonetised at the end of 2006. 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 "1 Rappen" coin, but the English-language publications of the Swiss National Bank and Swissmint prefer the word "1 centime".

Swissmint states that the first version of the coin was designed by Alexander Hutter and engraved by Jean-Jacques Barre of Monnaie de Paris (the Paris Mint), where Swiss coins were struck for the first couple of years after their introduction. This was used for almost a century until, in November 1947, the Swiss Federal Mint (now Swissmint) put out a call for new designs of the one and two centime coins, for which Josef Tannheimer won the first prize. Starting in 1948, these coins were minted with his designs, until they were discontinued in 2006 and 1974 respectively. Coins carrying the first design were demonetised on 1st February 1952.

Excluding the years of the Second World War, when coins were struck of zinc between 1942 and 1946, the size and composition of the 1 centime coin did not change; it was made of a bronze alloy of 95% copper, 4% tin and 1% zinc.

The 1-centime coin was still produced until 2006, albeit in ever decreasing quantities, but its importance declined. Those who could justify the use of 1-centime coins for monetary purposes could obtain them at face value; any other user (such as collectors) had to pay an additional four centimes per coin to cover the production costs, which had exceeded the actual face value of the coin for many years. The coin fell into disuse in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but was only officially fully withdrawn from circulation and declared to be no longer legal tender on 1 January 2007.

Obverse
Switzerland / One Centime (Rappen) - obverse photo

The first type obverse (1850 - 1946), designed by Alexander Hutter and engraved by Jean-Jacques Barre, features at its centre within a beaded circle the Swiss Coat of Arms (equilateral wide "Swiss" cross on a rounded triangular shield, thin vertical lines being a heraldic representation of the red background), with a broad-brimmed feathered hat on top, on a laurel branch (left) and an oak branch (right). The legend HELVETIA (the Latin name of the female personification of Switzerland) is around above. The date is around below.

The second type obverse (1948 - 2006), designed by Josef Tannheimer, features at its centre the Swiss cross only. The legend · HELVETIA · (larger than on earlier coins) is around above, separated by dots from the date around below.

Obverse InscriptionHELVETIA [year]
Reverse
Switzerland / One Centime (Rappen) - reverse photo

The first type reverse (1850 - 1946), designed by Alexander Hutter and engraved by Jean-Jacques Barre, features at its centre within a beaded circle the numeral 1 representing the value, surrounded by a laurel wreath. The mint mark, A for the Paris Mint in 1850 and 1851, or B for Swissmint (previously known as the Bern / Berne Mint or the Federal Mint of Switzerland) thereafter, is under the ribbon tying the wreath.

The second type reverse (1948 - 2006), designed by Josef Tannheimer, features at its centre the numeral 1 representing the value, partly overlaid on an ear of wheat. The mint mark B for Swissmint is under the value, except for the years between 1970 to 1985 (incl.) when a mint mark was not displayed.

Reverse Inscription1
EdgePlain
Edge InscriptionNone
All Coins of Type: One Centime (Rappen) (128)
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
One Centime (Rappen) 1850 2,270,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1850
One Centime (Rappen) 1851 2,730,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1851
One Centime (Rappen) 1853 2,008,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1853
One Centime (Rappen) 1855 500,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1855
One Centime (Rappen) 1856 2,500,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1856
One Centime (Rappen) 1857 1,587,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1857
One Centime (Rappen) 1863 501,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1863
One Centime (Rappen) 1864 501,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1864
One Centime (Rappen) 1866 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1866
One Centime (Rappen) 1868 2,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1868
One Centime (Rappen) 1870 500,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1870
One Centime (Rappen) 1872 2,080,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1872
One Centime (Rappen) 1875 975,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1875
One Centime (Rappen) 1876 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1876
One Centime (Rappen) 1877 923,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1877
One Centime (Rappen) 1878 981,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1878
One Centime (Rappen) 1879 998,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1879
One Centime (Rappen) 1880 992,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1880
One Centime (Rappen) 1882 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1882
One Centime (Rappen) 1883 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1883
One Centime (Rappen) 1884 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1884
One Centime (Rappen) 1887 1,504,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1887
One Centime (Rappen) 1889 500,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1889
One Centime (Rappen) 1890 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1890
One Centime (Rappen) 1891 2,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1891
One Centime (Rappen) 1892 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1892
One Centime (Rappen) 1894 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1894
One Centime (Rappen) 1895 2,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1895
One Centime (Rappen) 1896 36 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1896
One Centime (Rappen) 1897 500,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1897
One Centime (Rappen) 1898 1,500,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1898
One Centime (Rappen) 1899 1,500,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1899
One Centime (Rappen) 1900 2,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1900
One Centime (Rappen) 1902 950,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1902
One Centime (Rappen) 1903 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1903
One Centime (Rappen) 1904 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1904
One Centime (Rappen) 1905 2,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1905
One Centime (Rappen) 1906 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1906
One Centime (Rappen) 1907 2,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1907
One Centime (Rappen) 1908 3,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1908
One Centime (Rappen) 1909 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1909
One Centime (Rappen) 1910 1,500,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1910
One Centime (Rappen) 1911 1,500,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1911
One Centime (Rappen) 1912 2,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1912
One Centime (Rappen) 1913 3,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1913
One Centime (Rappen) 1914 3,500,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1914
One Centime (Rappen) 1915 3,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1915
One Centime (Rappen) 1917 2,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1917
One Centime (Rappen) 1918 3,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1918
One Centime (Rappen) 1919 3,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1919
One Centime (Rappen) 1920 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1920
One Centime (Rappen) 1921 3,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1921
One Centime (Rappen) 1924 2,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1924
One Centime (Rappen) 1925 2,500,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1925
One Centime (Rappen) 1926 2,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1926
One Centime (Rappen) 1927 1,500,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1927
One Centime (Rappen) 1928 2,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1928
One Centime (Rappen) 1929 4,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1929
One Centime (Rappen) 1930 2,500,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1930
One Centime (Rappen) 1931 5,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1931
One Centime (Rappen) 1932 5,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1932
One Centime (Rappen) 1933 3,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1933
One Centime (Rappen) 1934 3,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1934
One Centime (Rappen) 1936 2,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1936
One Centime (Rappen) 1937 2,400,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1937
One Centime (Rappen) 1938 5,300,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1938
One Centime (Rappen) 1939 10,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1939
One Centime (Rappen) 1940 3,027,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1940
One Centime (Rappen) 1941 12,794,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1941
One Centime (Rappen) 1942 17,969,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1942
One Centime (Rappen) 1943 8,647,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1943
One Centime (Rappen) 1944 11,825,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1944
One Centime (Rappen) 1945 2,800,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1945
One Centime (Rappen) 1946 12,063,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1946
One Centime (Rappen) 1948 10,500,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1948
One Centime (Rappen) 1949 11,100,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1949
One Centime (Rappen) 1950 3,610,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1950
One Centime (Rappen) 1951 22,624,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1951
One Centime (Rappen) 1952 11,520,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1952
One Centime (Rappen) 1953 5,947,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1953
One Centime (Rappen) 1954 5,175,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1954
One Centime (Rappen) 1955 5,282,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1955
One Centime (Rappen) 1956 4,960,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1956
One Centime (Rappen) 1957 15,226,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1957
One Centime (Rappen) 1958 20,142,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1958
One Centime (Rappen) 1959 5,582,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1959
One Centime (Rappen) 1962 5,010,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1962
One Centime (Rappen) 1963 15,920,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1963
One Centime (Rappen) 1966 5,030,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1966
One Centime (Rappen) 1967 3,020,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1967
One Centime (Rappen) 1968 4,920,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1968
One Centime (Rappen) 1969 4,810,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1969
One Centime (Rappen) 1970 7,810,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1970
One Centime (Rappen) 1971 5,030,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1971
One Centime (Rappen) 1973 3,000,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1973
One Centime (Rappen) 1974 3,007,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1974
One Centime (Rappen) 1975 3,010,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1975
One Centime (Rappen) 1976 3,005,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1976
One Centime (Rappen) 1977 2,007,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1977
One Centime (Rappen) 1978 2,010,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1978
One Centime (Rappen) 1979 1,025,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1979
One Centime (Rappen) 1980 1,040,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1980
One Centime (Rappen) 1981 4,945,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1981
One Centime (Rappen) 1982 6,665,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1982
One Centime (Rappen) 1983 4,042,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1983
One Centime (Rappen) 1984 4,009,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1984
One Centime (Rappen) 1985 3,039,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1985
One Centime (Rappen) 1986 2,031,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1986
One Centime (Rappen) 1987 1,028,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1987
One Centime (Rappen) 1988 2,029,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1988
One Centime (Rappen) 1989 2,031,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1989
One Centime (Rappen) 1990 1,032,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1990
One Centime (Rappen) 1991 536,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1991
One Centime (Rappen) 1992 528,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1992
One Centime (Rappen) 1993 523,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1993
One Centime (Rappen) 1994 2,023,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1994
One Centime (Rappen) 1995 6,024,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1995
One Centime (Rappen) 1996 1,023,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1996
One Centime (Rappen) 1997 1,022,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1997
One Centime (Rappen) 1998 1,021,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1998
One Centime (Rappen) 1999 1,021,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1999
One Centime (Rappen) 2000 1,026,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 2000
One Centime (Rappen) 2001 1,528,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 2001
One Centime (Rappen) 2002 2,030,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 2002
One Centime (Rappen) 2003 1,528,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 2003
One Centime (Rappen) 2004 1,529,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 2004
One Centime (Rappen) 2005 1,529,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 2005
One Centime (Rappen) 2006 30,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 2006
One Centime (Rappen): Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
Sub-types One Centime (Rappen), Hutter Design
One Centime (Rappen), Tannheimer Design
From1850
To2006
Face Value1 (x Centime)
CurrentNo (demonetised 2007)
MaterialBronze
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationSame (Medal Alignment, Axis 0 / Axis 12)
Size (mm)16
Thickness (mm)1.1000
Mass (g)1.5000
One Centime (Rappen): Photos
ImageDetails
Coin, Switzerland, Rappen 1900
Copyright: NumisCorner.com
Notes: First reverse, bronze (1850 - 1941).
Source
Coin, Switzerland, Rappen 1944
Copyright: NumisCorner.com
Notes: First reverse, zinc (1942 - 1946).
Source
Coin, Switzerland, Rappen 1949
Copyright: NumisCorner.com
Notes: Second reverse (1948 - 2006).
Source
Coin, Switzerland, Rappen 1900
Copyright: NumisCorner.com
Notes: First obverse, bronze (1850 - 1941).
Source
Coin, Switzerland, Rappen 1944
Copyright: NumisCorner.com
Notes: First obverse, zinc (1942 - 1946).
Source
Coin, Switzerland, Rappen 1949
Copyright: NumisCorner.com
Notes: Second obverse (1948 - 2006).
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