Switzerland: Coins Issued and Used

Showing only circulating coin types (regular coinage plus circulating commemoratives).

Switzerland (1848 - )
Information about what currencies were issued by Switzerland, with lists of coinage, as well as periods when foreign-issued currencies were used.
Currency: Swiss Franc. Used in Switzerland: (1850 - present)
CurrencySwiss Franc
PeriodSwiss Franc
Used1850 - present
Description

The franc (sign: Fr. or SFr.; German: Franken, French and Romansh: franc, Italian: franco; code: CHF) is the currency and legal tender of Switzerland and Liechtenstein; it is also legal tender in the Italian exclave Campione d'Italia. The Swiss National Bank (SNB) issues banknotes and the federal mint Swissmint issues coins.

Although 22 cantons and half-cantons issued coins between 1803 and 1850, less than 15% of the money in circulation in Switzerland in 1850 was locally produced, with the rest being foreign, mainly brought back by mercenaries. In addition, some private banks also started issuing the first banknotes, so that in total, at least 8000 different coins and notes were in circulation at that time, making the monetary system extremely complicated.

In order to solve this problem, the new Swiss Federal Constitution of 1848 specified that the federal government would be the only entity allowed to make money in Switzerland. This was followed two years later by the first Federal Coinage Act, passed by the Federal Assembly on 7 May 1850, which introduced the franc as the monetary unit of Switzerland. The franc was introduced at par with the French franc. It replaced the different currencies of the Swiss cantons, some of which had been using a franc (divided into 10 batzen and 100 centimes) which was worth  1 1⁄2 French francs.

The smaller denomination, a hundredth of a franc, is a Rappen (Rp.) in German, centime (c.) in French, centesimo (ct.) in Italian, and rap (rp.) in Romansh. The ISO code of the currency used by banks and financial institutions is CHF, although Fr. is also widely used by businesses and advertisers; some use SFr. for Swiss Franc; the Latinate "CH" stands for Confoederatio Helvetica.

Given the different languages used in Switzerland, Latin is used for language-neutral inscriptions on the coins.

Two Francs
106 coins (1850 - 2019). Showing first 50 only.
Coin NameMintage
Two Francs 1850 2,500,000
Two Francs 1857 622
Two Francs 1860 2,001,000
Two Francs 1862 1,000,000
Two Francs 1863 500,000
Two Francs 1874 1,000,000
Two Francs 1875 982,000
Two Francs 1878 1,500,000
Two Francs 1879 518,000
Two Francs 1886 1,000,000
Two Francs 1894 700,000
Two Francs 1896 20
Two Francs 1901 50,000
Two Francs 1903 300,000
Two Francs 1904 200,000
Two Francs 1905 300,000
Two Francs 1906 400,000
Two Francs 1907 300,000
Two Francs 1908 200,000
Two Francs 1909 300,000
Two Francs 1910 250,000
Two Francs 1911 400,000
Two Francs 1912 400,000
Two Francs 1913 300,000
Two Francs 1914 1,000,000
Two Francs 1916 250,000
Two Francs 1920 2,300,000
Two Francs 1921 2,000,000
Two Francs 1922 400,000
Two Francs 1928 750,000
Two Francs 1931 500,000
Two Francs 1932 250,000
Two Francs 1936 250,000
Two Francs 1937 250,000
Two Francs 1939 1,455,000
Two Francs 1940 2,503,000
Two Francs 1941 1,192,000
Two Francs 1943 2,089,000
Two Francs 1944 6,276,000
Two Francs 1945 1,134,000
Two Francs 1946 1,629,000
Two Francs 1947 500,000
Two Francs 1948 920,000
Two Francs 1953 438,000
Two Francs 1955 1,032,000
Two Francs 1957 2,298,000
Two Francs 1958 650,000
Two Francs 1959 2,905,000
Two Francs 1960 1,980,000
Two Francs 1961 4,653,000
One Franc
111 coins (1850 - 2019). Showing first 50 only.
Coin NameMintage
One Franc 1850 2,875,000
One Franc 1851 2,875,000
One Franc 1857 526
One Franc 1860 515,000
One Franc 1861 3,002,000
One Franc 1875 1,036,000
One Franc 1876 2,500,000
One Franc 1877 2,520,000
One Franc 1880 945,000
One Franc 1886 1,000,000
One Franc 1887 1,000,000
One Franc 1894 1,200,000
One Franc 1896 28
One Franc 1898 400,000
One Franc 1899 400,000
One Franc 1900 400,000
One Franc 1901 400,000
One Franc 1903 1,000,000
One Franc 1904 400,000
One Franc 1905 700,000
One Franc 1906 700,000
One Franc 1907 800,000
One Franc 1908 1,200,000
One Franc 1909 900,000
One Franc 1910 1,000,000
One Franc 1911 1,200,000
One Franc 1912 1,200,000
One Franc 1913 1,200,000
One Franc 1914 4,200,000
One Franc 1916 1,000,000
One Franc 1920 3,300,000
One Franc 1921 3,800,000
One Franc 1928 1,500,000
One Franc 1931 1,000,000
One Franc 1932 500,000
One Franc 1934 500,000
One Franc 1936 500,000
One Franc 1937 1,000,000
One Franc 1939 2,106,000
One Franc 1940 2,003,000
One Franc 1943 3,526,000
One Franc 1944 6,225,000
One Franc 1945 7,794,000
One Franc 1946 2,539,000
One Franc 1947 624,000
One Franc 1952 2,853,000
One Franc 1953 786,000
One Franc 1955 194,000
One Franc 1956 2,500,000
One Franc 1957 6,421,000
Half Franc
112 coins (1850 - 2019). Showing first 50 only.
Coin NameMintage
Half Franc 1850 2,250,000
Half Franc 1851 2,250,000
Half Franc 1875 1,000,000
Half Franc 1877 1,000,000
Half Franc 1878 1,000,000
Half Franc 1879 1,000,000
Half Franc 1881 1,000,000
Half Franc 1882 1,000,000
Half Franc 1894 800,000
Half Franc 1896 28
Half Franc 1898 1,600,000
Half Franc 1899 400,000
Half Franc 1900 400,000
Half Franc 1901 200,000
Half Franc 1903 800,000
Half Franc 1904 400,000
Half Franc 1905 600,000
Half Franc 1906 1,000,000
Half Franc 1907 1,200,000
Half Franc 1908 800,000
Half Franc 1909 1,000,000
Half Franc 1910 1,000,000
Half Franc 1913 800,000
Half Franc 1914 2,000,000
Half Franc 1916 800,000
Half Franc 1920 5,400,000
Half Franc 1921 6,000,000
Half Franc 1928 1,000,000
Half Franc 1929 2,000,000
Half Franc 1931 1,000,000
Half Franc 1932 1,000,000
Half Franc 1934 2,000,000
Half Franc 1936 400,000
Half Franc 1937 1,000,000
Half Franc 1939 1,001,000
Half Franc 1940 2,002,000
Half Franc 1941 200,000
Half Franc 1942 2,969,000
Half Franc 1943 4,573,000
Half Franc 1944 7,455,000
Half Franc 1945 4,928,000
Half Franc 1946 6,817,000
Half Franc 1948 6,113,000
Half Franc 1950 7,148,000
Half Franc 1951 8,530,000
Half Franc 1952 14,023,000
Half Franc 1953 3,567,000
Half Franc 1955 1,320,000
Half Franc 1956 4,250,000
Half Franc 1957 12,085,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen)
115 coins (1850 - 2019). Showing first 50 only.
Coin NameMintage
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1850 5,779,892
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1851 5,779,891
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1858 1,548,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1859 2,776,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1881 1,000,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1883 2,500,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1884 4,000,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1885 3,000,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1887 500,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1891 1,000,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1893 1,000,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1894 1,000,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1896 1,000,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1897 500,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1898 500,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1899 500,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1900 1,000,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1901 1,000,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1902 1,000,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1903 1,000,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1906 1,000,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1907 1,000,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1908 1,500,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1909 2,000,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1911 1,000,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1912 2,000,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1913 1,500,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1919 1,500,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1920 3,100,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1921 2,500,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1924 1,100,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1925 1,500,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1926 1,500,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1927 500,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1929 2,000,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1930 2,000,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1931 2,250,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1932 2,000,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1933 1,500,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1934 2,000,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1936 1,000,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1938 2,805,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1939 8,100,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1943 10,173,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1944 7,139,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1945 1,992,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1947 5,131,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1950 5,970,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1951 3,640,000
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1952 3,075,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen)
129 coins (1850 - 2019). Showing first 50 only.
Coin NameMintage
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1850 8,780,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1851 4,530,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1871 844,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1873 1,398,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1875 174,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1876 1,962,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1879 1,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1880 2,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1881 3,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1882 3,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1883 2,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1884 3,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1885 3,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1894 1,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1895 2,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1896 16
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1897 500,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1898 1,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1899 500,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1900 1,500,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1901 1,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1902 1,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1903 1,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1904 1,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1906 1,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1907 2,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1908 2,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1909 2,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1911 1,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1912 1,500,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1913 2,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1914 2,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1915 1,200,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1918 6,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1919 6,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1920 3,500,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1921 3,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1922 2,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1924 2,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1925 3,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1926 3,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1927 2,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1928 2,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1929 2,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1930 2,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1931 2,244,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1932 3,500,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1933 2,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1934 3,000,000
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1936 1,500,000
Five Centimes (Rappen)
138 coins (1850 - 2019). Showing first 50 only.
Coin NameMintage
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1850 7,970,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1851 12,042,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1872 1,212,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1873 1,622,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1874 1,700,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1876 990,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1877 978,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1879 1,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1880 2,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1881 2,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1882 3,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1883 3,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1884 2,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1885 3,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1887 500,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1888 1,500,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1889 500,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1890 1,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1891 1,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1892 1,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1893 2,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1894 2,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1895 2,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1896 16
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1897 500,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1898 2,500,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1899 1,500,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1900 2,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1901 3,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1902 1,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1903 2,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1904 1,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1905 1,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1906 3,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1907 5,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1908 3,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1909 2,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1910 1,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1911 2,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1912 3,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1913 3,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1914 3,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1915 3,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1917 1,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1918 6,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1919 6,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1920 5,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1921 3,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1922 4,000,000
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1925 3,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) (demonetised 1978)
65 coins (1850 - 1974). Showing first 50 only.
Coin NameMintage
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1850 7,290,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1851 3,720,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1866 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1870 540,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1875 984,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1879 990,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1883 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1886 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1888 500,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1890 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1893 2,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1896 20
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1897 487,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1898 500,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1899 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1900 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1902 500,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1903 500,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1904 500,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1906 500,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1907 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1908 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1909 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1910 500,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1912 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1913 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1914 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1915 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1918 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1919 2,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1920 500,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1925 1,250,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1926 750,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1927 500,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1928 500,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1929 750,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1930 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1931 1,288,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1932 1,500,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1933 1,000,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1934 500,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1936 500,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1937 1,200,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1938 1,369,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1941 3,448,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1942 8,954,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1943 4,499,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1944 8,086,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1945 3,640,000
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1946 1,393,000
One Centime (Rappen) (demonetised 2007)
128 coins (1850 - 2006). Showing first 50 only.
Coin NameMintage
One Centime (Rappen) 1850 2,270,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1851 2,730,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1853 2,008,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1855 500,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1856 2,500,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1857 1,587,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1863 501,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1864 501,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1866 1,000,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1868 2,000,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1870 500,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1872 2,080,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1875 975,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1876 1,000,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1877 923,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1878 981,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1879 998,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1880 992,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1882 1,000,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1883 1,000,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1884 1,000,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1887 1,504,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1889 500,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1890 1,000,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1891 2,000,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1892 1,000,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1894 1,000,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1895 2,000,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1896 36
One Centime (Rappen) 1897 500,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1898 1,500,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1899 1,500,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1900 2,000,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1902 950,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1903 1,000,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1904 1,000,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1905 2,000,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1906 1,000,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1907 2,000,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1908 3,000,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1909 1,000,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1910 1,500,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1911 1,500,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1912 2,000,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1913 3,000,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1914 3,500,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1915 3,000,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1917 2,000,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1918 3,000,000
One Centime (Rappen) 1919 3,000,000