Switzerland: Coin Type Two Centimes (Rappen) - detailed information

Switzerland: Coin Type Two Centimes (Rappen) (issued 1850 - 1974)
Coin TypeTwo Centimes (Rappen)

The Two Centimes coin was the second smallest circulating denomination of the Swiss Franc (after the One Centime) from its inception in 1850 until it was demonetised in 1978. 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 "2 Rappen" coin, but the English-language publications of the Swiss National Bank and Swissmint prefer the word "2 centimes".

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 composition of the 2 centimes coin did not change; it was made of a bronze alloy of 95% copper, 4% tin and 1% zinc. Its diameter did not change either, but thickness and weight of the coin varied: it was 2.5 grams between 1850 and 1931, 3.0 grams in the periods 1932 - 1941 and 1948 - 1974, and 2.4 grams for the zinc coins between 1942 and 1946.

The denomination was not very popular; coins were not issued as frequently as their one centime counterpart, and were demonetised on 1st January 1978, almost thirty years before the one centime.

Obverse
Switzerland / Two Centimes (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 - 1974), 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 / Two Centimes (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 2 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 - 1974), designed by Josef Tannheimer, features at its centre the numeral 2 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 Inscription2
EdgePlain
Edge InscriptionNone
All Coins of Type: Two Centimes (Rappen) (65)
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1850 7,290,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1850
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1851 3,720,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1851
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1866 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1866
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1870 540,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1870
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1875 984,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1875
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1879 990,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1879
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1883 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1883
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1886 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1886
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1888 500,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1888
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1890 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1890
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1893 2,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1893
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1896 20 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1896
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1897 487,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1897
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1898 500,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1898
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1899 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1899
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1900 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1900
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1902 500,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1902
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1903 500,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1903
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1904 500,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1904
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1906 500,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1906
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1907 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1907
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1908 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1908
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1909 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1909
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1910 500,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1910
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1912 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1912
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1913 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1913
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1914 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1914
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1915 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1915
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1918 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1918
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1919 2,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1919
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1920 500,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1920
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1925 1,250,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1925
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1926 750,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1926
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1927 500,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1927
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1928 500,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1928
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1929 750,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1929
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1930 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1930
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1931 1,288,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1931
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1932 1,500,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1932
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1933 1,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1933
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1934 500,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1934
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1936 500,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1936
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1937 1,200,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1937
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1938 1,369,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1938
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1941 3,448,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1941
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1942 8,954,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1942
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1943 4,499,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1943
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1944 8,086,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1944
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1945 3,640,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1945
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1946 1,393,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland HELVETIA 1946
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1948 10,197,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1948
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1951 9,622,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1951
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1952 1,916,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1952
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1953 2,007,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1953
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1954 2,539,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1954
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1955 2,493,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1955
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1957 8,099,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1957
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1958 6,078,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1958
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1963 10,065,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1963
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1966 2,510,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1966
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1967 1,510,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1967
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1968 2,865,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1968
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1969 6,200,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1969
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1970 3,115,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1970
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1974 3,540,000 Swiss Cross · HELVETIA · 1974
Two Centimes (Rappen): Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
Sub-types Two Centimes (Rappen), Hutter Design
Two Centimes (Rappen), Tannheimer Design
From1850
To1974
Face Value2 (x Centime)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1978)
MaterialBronze
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationSame (Medal Alignment, Axis 0 / Axis 12)
Size (mm)20
Thickness (mm)1.4000
Mass (g)3
Two Centimes (Rappen): Photos
ImageDetails
Coin, Switzerland, 2 Rappen 1898
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Notes: Hutter design reverse, bronze (1850 - 1941).
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Coin, Switzerland, 2 Rappen 1946
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Notes: Hutter design reverse, zinc (1942 - 1946).
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Coin, Switzerland, 2 Rappen 1974
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Notes: Tannheimer design reverse (1948 - 1974).
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Coin, Switzerland, 2 Rappen 1898
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Notes: Hutter design obverse, bronze (1850 - 1941).
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Coin, Switzerland, 2 Rappen 1946
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Notes: Hutter design obverse, zinc (1942 - 1946).
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Coin, Switzerland, 2 Rappen 1974
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Notes: Tannheimer design obverse (1948 - 1974).
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