Two Francs, CuproNickel, Coin Type from Switzerland - detailed information

Two Francs, CuproNickel, Coin Type from Switzerland (issued 1968 - )
Coin TypeTwo Francs, CuproNickel

The Two Francs coin is a circulating denomination of the Swiss Franc. Given that Switzerland has four official languages, it has three different names: Franken in German, franc in French and Romansh, and franco in Italian. It is worth noting that the denomination is a "half franc" and not "50 centimes" for historic reasons, being initially modelled on a denomination of the French franc which was a "demi franc", and to distinguish it from the smaller denominations; initially, all "francs" (including the half franc) were full-bodied silver, while the centimes were either billon (low-grade silver) or base metal.

The first version of the one franc coin featuring a seated figure of Helvetia was designed by Friedrich Fisch and engraved by Antoine Bovy. The reverse shows the value, a numeral 2, and a language-neutral abbreviation of the denomination, Fr. within a wreath whose left part consists of oak branches and the right part of various Alpine flowers. This original reverse has remained unchanged and is still used on current coins. This version was heavier than current coins (10 grams) and made of 0.900 silver. It was demonetised in two stages - 1st January 1869 for coins issued 1850-1857, then 1st January 1878 for coins issued in 1860-1861.

In 1875, the obverse was changed to a new design by Albert Walch featuring a Standing Helvetia. The coins were issued to the specifications of the Latin Monetary Union, so the metal was somewhat debased to 0.835 silver (83.5% silver, 16.5% copper). This second silver version of the Two Francs was issued until 1967 and was demonetised on 1st April 1971.

Current Two Francs coins are made of cupro-nickel (75% copper, 25% nickel); this version was first issued in 1968 and is still currently produced.

Obverse
Switzerland / Two Francs, CuproNickel - obverse photo

The obverse, which has remained unchanged from 1874 to the present, features Helvetia standing on a platform, her head facing to the left. In her right hand (at the left), she holds a lance, and with her left (at the right), she props up a shield with the Swiss Cross at centre. In exergue is the legend HELVETIA.

On all coins made from 1874 to 1982, there are 22 five-pointed stars along the rim of the coin, going from the lower left to lower right boundaries of the obverse. These represent the 19 full Swiss cantons of the time and the six half-cantons, which are collectively represented by the three remaining stars. However, when the Canton of Jura broke away from Bern in 1979, the number of stars was no longer accurate. As a result, a new star was added to the right of Helvetia's likeness in 1983. On examples of all dates, the tip of Helvetia's lance extends to the rim and separates the ninth and tenth stars in the sequence. Nine of the stars are engraved up to the lance, two between the lance and Helvetia's face, and 11 or 12 to the right of the central allegorical figure, depending on the year of issue.

The engraver's signature, A.BOVY INCT. (an abbreviation for the Latin text "Antoine Bovy incidit", meaning "engraved by Antoine Bovy), is located around below, displayed counter-clockwise in small letters. It is split in two by the legend: "A.BOVY" appears to the left of "HELVETIA", and "INCT." to the right.

Obverse InscriptionHELVETIA
Reverse
Switzerland / Two Francs, CuproNickel - reverse photo

The reverse, which has remained unchanged since 1850, shows the value - a numeral 2, and a language-neutral abbreviation of the denomination, Fr., above the date: [year] within a wreath whose left part consists of oak branches and the right part of various Alpine flowers.

Below the ribbon of the wreath is the mint mark B of Swissmint (formerly known as the Bern Mint, then the Federal Mint of Switzerland), with the exception of the years between 1970 and 1985 (incl.) when there was no mint mark, and 10 mln coins dated 1968 which were struck by the Royal Mint.

Reverse Inscription2 Fr. [year]
EdgeMilled
Edge InscriptionNone
Notes

Two Francs coins were issued with coin alignment (opposite axis) until 1981, then with medal alignment (the two sides with the same axis).

All Coins of Type: Two Francs, CuproNickel (51)
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Two Francs 1968 41,588,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1969 17,296,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1970 10,350,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1972 5,003,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1973 5,996,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1974 15,009,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1975 7,061,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1976 5,011,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1977 2,010,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1978 12,812,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1979 10,995,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1980 10,011,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1981 13,862,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1982 5,922,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1983 3,034,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1984 2,043,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1985 2,034,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1986 3,032,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1987 8,028,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1988 10,029,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1989 8,031,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1990 5,045,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1991 12,036,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1992 10,028,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1993 13,050,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1994 16,023,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1995 7,024,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1996 5,023,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1997 5,022,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1998 4,021,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1999 3,021,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2000 3,026,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2001 4,028,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2002 1,030,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2003 1,028,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2004 1,029,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2005 2,029,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2006 7,030,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2007 16,028,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2008 6,026,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2009 8,026,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2010 9,026,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2011 7,026,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2012 11,026,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2013 12,023,500 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2014 15,022,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2015 11,026,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2016 8,028,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2017 7,029,500 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2018 5,027,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2019 3,022,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
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Two Francs, CuproNickel: Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
Sub-type ofTwo Francs
From1968
Face Value2 (x Franc)
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerFr. Fisch, A. Walch, A. Bovy
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationSame (Medal Alignment, Axis 0 / Axis 12)
Size (mm)27.4000
Thickness (mm)2.1500
Mass (g)8.8000
Two Francs, CuproNickel: Photos
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