Ten Francs, Bimetallic, Coin Type from Switzerland - detailed information

Ten Francs, Bimetallic, Coin Type from Switzerland (issued 2004 - )
Coin TypeTen Francs, Bimetallic

The Ten Francs coin is a 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 normal circulating 5 FR denomination was supplemented by circulating commemorative one-year type 5 Franc coins in silver and copper-nickel.

In 1999, Swissimint changed the concept and started striking non-circulating commemoratives for collectors only, which were bimetallic 5 Francs at first. After only six coins were issued in the first five years, this format was discontinued. Further non-circulating bimetallic coins are now denominated as 10 Francs, such as those listed below. They share a common reverse designed by Roland Hirter.

The 10 Francs are bimetallic and have the same dimensions as the bimetallic 5 Francs, but their colours are reversed: with an Aluminium Bronze outer ring (92% copper, 6% Aluminium, 2% Nickel) and a copper-nickel inner circle (75% copper, 25% nickel). They are issued in topical series, celebrating various aspects of Swiss heritage or nature.

Switzerland / Ten Francs, Bimetallic - obverse photo

Various obverses as individually described in the listings below.

Obverse Inscription
Switzerland / Ten Francs, Bimetallic - reverse photo

The reverse shows the value 10 in the lowest part of the inner circle, and denomination FR below that, in the outer ring. The mint mark B of Swissmint (ex Bern Mint) is between them, in the inner circle.

The legend CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA (translated from Latin: Confederation of Switzerland) is separated - the first word is around above left in the outer ring, and the second word is around above right in the inner circle.

There is a small Swiss Cross in the upper part of the inner circle, below the H of HELVETICA.

The date [year] is around below right in the outer ring.

Reverse Inscription 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA [year]
EdgeMilled interrupted (segmented reeding)Edge InscriptionNone

Note that there was an unrelated earlier gold 10 Francs coin issued between 1911 and 1922.

Coin Type: Ten Francs, Bimetallic - (17) Coins
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Ten Francs 2004 Matterhorn 111,000 MATTERHORN · CERVIN
Ten Francs 2005 Jungfrau 89,500 JUNGFRAU
Ten Francs 2006 Piz Bernina 75,000 PIZ BERNINA
Ten Francs 2007 Ibex 89,300 PARC NAZIUNAL SVIZZER
Ten Francs 2008 Mountain Eagle 76,300 PARC NATIONAL SUISSE
Ten Francs 2010 Alpine Marmot 71,000 PARCO NAZIONALE SVIZZERO
Ten Francs 2011 Bern Onion Market 65,000 BERNER ZIBELEMÄRIT
Ten Francs 2012 Cow Fighting 52,500 COMBATS DE REINES
Ten Francs 2013 Silvesterchlausen 49,500 SILVESTERCHLAUSEN
Ten Francs 2014 Gansabhauet Sursee 44,664 GANSABHAUET
Ten Francs 2015 Return from the Alpine Pastures 47,000 (none)
Ten Francs 2016 Edelweiss 36,000 FLORA ALPINA
Ten Francs 2017 Gentiana 34,500 FLORA ALPINA
Ten Francs 2018 Silver Thistle 34,500 FLORA ALPINA
Ten Francs 2019 Roe Deer 33,500 CAPREOLUS
Ten Francs 2020 Hare 33,500 LEPUS
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Ten Francs, Bimetallic: Details
CurrencySwiss Franc
Face Value10 (x Franc)
DesignerRoland Hirter
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.000 mm
Mass15.000 g