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

Switzerland: Coin Type One Centime (Rappen), Hutter Design (issued 1850 - 1941)
Coin TypeOne Centime (Rappen), Hutter Design

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.

Coins carrying the original design were demonetised on 1st February 1952.

Obverse
Switzerland / One Centime (Rappen), Hutter Design - obverse photo

The obverse 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.

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

The reverse 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.

Reverse Inscription1
EdgePlain
Edge InscriptionNone
All Coins of Type: One Centime (Rappen), Hutter Design (74)
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
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One Centime (Rappen), Hutter Design: Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
Sub-type ofOne Centime (Rappen)
Sub-types One Centime (Rappen), Hutter Design, Zinc
From1850
To1941
Face Value1 (x Centime)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1952)
MaterialBronze
DesignerAlexander Hutter, Jean-Jacques Barre
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), Hutter Design: Photos
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Coin, Switzerland, Rappen 1900
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Notes: Bronze (1850 - 1941).
Source
Coin, Switzerland, Rappen 1944
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Notes: Zinc (1942 - 1946).
Source
Coin, Switzerland, Rappen 1900
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Notes: Bronze (1850 - 1941).
Source
Coin, Switzerland, Rappen 1944
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Notes: Zinc (1942 - 1946).
Source