Two Centimes (Rappen), Coin Type from Switzerland - detailed information

Two Centimes (Rappen), Coin Type from Switzerland (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 Inscription HELVETIA [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 Inscription 2
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Coin Type: Two Centimes (Rappen) - (65) Coins
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1850 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1850 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1850 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Paris Mint
Mintage: 7,290,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1851 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1851 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1851 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Paris Mint
Mintage: 3,720,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1866 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1866 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1866 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1870 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1870 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1870 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 540,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1875 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1875 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1875 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 984,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1879 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1879 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1879 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 990,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1883 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1883 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1883 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1886 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1886 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1886 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1888 Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 500,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1890 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1890 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1890 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1893 Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 2,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1896 Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 20
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1897 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1897 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1897 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 487,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1898 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1898 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1898 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 500,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1899 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1899 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1899 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1900 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1900 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1900 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1902 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1902 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1902 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 500,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1903 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1903 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1903 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 500,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1904 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1904 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1904 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 500,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1906 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1906 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1906 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 500,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1907 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1907 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1907 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1908 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1908 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1908 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1909 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1909 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1909 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1910 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1910 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1910 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 500,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1912 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1912 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1912 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1913 Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1914 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1914 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1914 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1915 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1915 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1915 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1918 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1918 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1918 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1919 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1919 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1919 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 2,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1920 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1920 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1920 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 500,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1925 Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 1,250,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1926 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1926 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1926 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 750,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1927 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1927 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1927 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 500,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1928 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1928 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1928 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 500,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1929 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1929 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1929 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 750,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1930 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1930 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1930 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1931 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1931 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1931 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 1,288,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1932 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1932 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1932 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 1,500,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1933 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1933 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1933 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1934 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1934 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1934 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 500,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1936 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1936 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1936 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 500,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1937 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1937 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1937 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 1,200,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1938 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1938 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1938 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 1,369,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1941 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1941 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1941 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 3,448,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1942 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1942 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1942 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 8,954,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1943 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1943 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1943 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 4,499,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1944 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1944 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1944 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 8,086,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1945 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1945 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1945 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 3,640,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1946 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1946 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1946 - obverse photo Material: Zinc
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 1,393,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1948 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1948 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1948 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 10,197,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1951 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1951 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1951 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 9,622,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1952 Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 1,916,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1953 Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 2,007,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1954 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1954 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1954 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 2,539,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1955 Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 2,493,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1957 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1957 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1957 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 8,099,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1958 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1958 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1958 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 6,078,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1963 Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 10,065,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1966 Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 2,510,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1967 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1967 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1967 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 1,510,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1968 Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 2,865,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1969 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1969 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1969 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 6,200,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1970 Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 3,115,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1974 Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1974 - reverse photo Switzerland / Two Centimes (Rappen) 1974 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Swissmint
Mintage: 3,540,000
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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
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size20.000 mm
Thickness1.400 mm
Mass3.000 g
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Two Centimes (Rappen): Photos
ImageDetails
Switzerland 1886 2 Rappen
Copyright: smarty_marty24
Notes: Hutter design reverse, bronze (1850 - 1941).
Source
Coin, Switzerland, 2 Rappen 1946
Copyright: NumisCorner.com
Notes: Hutter design reverse, zinc (1942 - 1946).
Source
Coin, Switzerland, 2 Rappen 1974
Copyright: NumisCorner.com
Notes: Tannheimer design reverse (1948 - 1974).
Source
Switzerland 1886 2 Rappen
Copyright: smarty_marty24
Notes: Hutter design obverse, bronze (1850 - 1941).
Source
Coin, Switzerland, 2 Rappen 1946
Copyright: NumisCorner.com
Notes: Hutter design obverse, zinc (1942 - 1946).
Source
Coin, Switzerland, 2 Rappen 1974
Copyright: NumisCorner.com
Notes: Tannheimer design obverse (1948 - 1974).
Source