Twenty-five Francs, Gold (Pattern), Coin Type from Switzerland - detailed information

Twenty-five Francs, Gold (Pattern), Coin Type from Switzerland (issued 1955 - 1959)
Coin TypeTwenty-five Francs, Gold (Pattern)

The Twenty-five Francs gold coin coin was a denomination of the Swiss Franc which did not happen.

After the earlier gold 10 Fr, 20 Fr and 100 Fr coins were withdrawn from circulation in 1936 - because their intrinsic value was higher than their face value, two new gold coins were planned in the 1950s with nominal values of 25 and 50 francs.

The design was chosen in 1954; the 25 francs coin represented William Tell and the 50 francs coin the Rütli Oath. The obverse was designed by Battista Ratti, and the reverses by Remo Rossi.

A total of 15 and 6 million pieces of the 25 and 50 francs version, respectively, were minted in 1955, 1956 and 1959. However, in the interest of maintaining the national gold reserves, the coins were never issued into circulation and remained the property of the Swiss National Bank. In a press release of February 2009, it was made public that most of these coins had been melted back into gold bars except for a remainder of 20,000 coins of each type and year (for a total of 120,000 surviving pieces); these remain stored at a bank despite numerous requests by the public to have them released.

None of those coins have ever been available to collectors, although some were distributed to dignitaries at the time in extremely limited quantities.

Switzerland / Twenty-five Francs, Gold (Pattern) - obverse photo

The obverse shows the value, a large numeral 25, at centre; above that, the denomination abbreviated to FR; below it, a small Swiss Cross.

Under the cross, the date [year]; below that, the mint mark B of the Federal Mint of Switzerland (ex Bern Mint, now known as Swissmint).

All around, the legend CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA (from Latin: Confederation of Switzerland).

Obverse Inscription 25 FR [year] CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Switzerland / Twenty-five Francs, Gold (Pattern) - reverse photo

In the centre of the reverse is a depiction of Wilhelm Tell (known in English as William Tell) - a famous Swiss folk hero. He is standing on the ground facing the observer, with a crossbow in his left hand and with his right hand raised in the air. This representation is based on a painting by Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler (1853 - 1918).

The legend around reads IN ARMIS LIBERTAS ET PAX, from Latin: "in arms is liberty and peace".

A small inscription in the ground to the right of William Tell's figure reads F. HODLER PINX - abbreviated from FERDINAND HODLER PINXIT, "painted by Ferdinand Hodler". In the lower left of the ground, REMO ROSSI SCULPT - abbreviated from REMO ROSSI SCULPSIT, "engraved by Remo Rossi".

Reverse Inscription IN ARMIS LIBERTAS ET PAX
EdgeInscribed (lettering in relief)Edge InscriptionDOMINUS *** PROVIDEBIT **********
Royal Mint
Royal Mint
Twenty-five Francs, Gold (Pattern): Details
CurrencySwiss Franc
Face Value25 (x Franc)
Material0.900 Gold
DesignerBattista Ratti, Remo Rossi
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size20.0000 mm
Mass5.6450 g