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.

Twenty Centimes (Rappen)
114 coins (1850 - 2018). 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)
128 coins (1850 - 2018). 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)
137 coins (1850 - 2018). 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
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