The Fifty Francs coin is a denomination of the Swiss Franc. Given that Switzerland has four official languages, the Franc has three different names: Franken in German, franc in French and Romansh, and franco in Italian.
In regular circulation, the denomination is served by a banknote. These gold coins are non-circulating legal tender made for collectors and struck in proof grade only. They are issued in topical series, celebrating various aspects of Swiss heritage or nature. Swissmint has issued at least one every year since 2001. Initially, both sides of the coin carried a commemorative design; starting from 2004, the obverse is the same and only the reverse changes. (It is worth mentioning that some sources consider it the other way round, and call the commemorative part the obverse; however, we are going with the standard definition, which is that "obverse" is the side which specifies the issuing authority).
The edge is inscribed with the motto DOMINUS PROVIDEBIT (The Lord will provide - a quote from the Bible, Genesis 22, 8), and thirteen stars representing the original thirteen cantons of the Swiss Federation.
This coin commemorates Heidi - a work of children's fiction published in 1881 by Swiss author Johanna Spyri. It was originally published in two parts as Heidi: Her Years of Wandering and Learning (German: Heidis Lehr- und Wanderjahre) and Heidi: How She Used What She Learned (German: Heidi kann brauchen, was es gelernt hat).
It is a novel about the events in the life of a 5-year-old girl in her paternal grandfather's care in the Swiss Alps. It was written as a book "for children and those who love children" (as quoted from its subtitle). Heidi is one of the best-selling books ever written and is among the best-known works of Swiss literature.
This coin is the first 50 Francs commemorative gold coin issued by Switzerland.
|Variety||In Philatelic Numismatic Cover|
|Mintage||Issued: unknown (included in total)|
|Fifty Francs 2001 Heidi||5,000||HELVETIA 50 FR 2001|
|Fifty Francs 2002 Expo.02||5,000||HELVETIA 50 FR www.expo.02.ch 2002|
|Fifty Francs 2003 World Ski Championship||4,000||CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA ST. MORITZ|
|Fifty Francs 2004 FIFA Centenary||10,000||50 FR 2004 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA|
|Fifty Francs 2004 Matterhorn||7,000||50 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2004|
|Fifty Francs 2005 Geneva Motor Show||6,000||50 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2005|
|Fifty Francs 2006 Pontifical Swiss Guard||6,000||50 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2006|
|Fifty Francs 2007 Swiss National Bank||6,000||50 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2007|
|Fifty Francs 2008 International Year of Planet Earth||6,000||50 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2008|
|Fifty Francs 2009 Pro Patria||6,000||50 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2009|
|Fifty Francs 2010 Albert Anker||6,000||50 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2010|
|Fifty Francs 2011 A Bell for Ursli||6,000||50 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2011|
|Fifty Francs 2012 Pro Juventute||3,940||50 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2012|
|Fifty Francs 2013 Gotthard Mail Coach||4,410||50 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2013|
|Fifty Francs 2014 Swiss National Park||4,000||50 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2014|
|Fifty Francs 2015 Aventicum||5,000||50 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2015|
|Fifty Francs 2016 Gottardo||4,500||50 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2016|
|Fifty Francs 2017 Barry||4,500||50 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2017|
|Fifty Francs 2018 William Tell||4,500||50 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2018|
|Fifty Francs 2019 Crocodile Locomotive||5,000||50 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2019|
|Fifty Francs 2020 Roger Federer||10,000||50 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2020|
|Fifty Francs 2021 Women’s Right to Vote||5,000||50 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2021|
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|Coin Type||Fifty Francs|
|Face Value||50 (x Franc)|
|Orientation||Medal Alignment (Axis 0)|
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