Fifty Francs 2002 Expo.02, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Fifty Francs 2002 Expo.02, Coin from Switzerland
CoinFifty Francs 2002 Expo.02

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 Expo.02 - the 6th Swiss national exposition, which was held from 15 May to 20 October 2002. The exposition took place around the lakes of Neuchâtel, Bienne/Biel and Morat/Murten. It was divided into five sites, which were called Arteplages, due to the proximity of the water (some sites were actually partially or totally built on the water). The five arteplages were located in Neuchâtel, Yverdon-les-Bains, Morat/Murten, Biel/Bienne and on a mobile barge travelling from one site to another. The barge represented the canton of Jura, which does not have access to any one of the three lakes.

According to the organisers, more than 10 million admissions were counted, and the exhibition succeeded in achieving its sole and only goal: the public's pleasure.

Each arteplage was dedicated to a different theme. There was "Nature and Artifice" in Neuchâtel, "I and the Universe" in Yverdon-les-Bains, "Instants and Eternity" in Murten/Morat, "Power and Freedom" in Biel/Bienne and "Sense and Movement" on the mobile platform.

MintSwissmint Mint MarkLetter B Total Mintage 5,000
Switzerland / Fifty Francs 2002 Expo.02 - obverse photo

The obverse features text only, on several horizontal lines:

HELVETIA ("Switzerland" in Latin), the value and denomination 50 FR (fifty francs), on three lines the web site for the event, and in a small rectangle the date of issue 2002 and the B mint mark of Swissmint (ex Bern Mint).

Below that rectangle is the signature of the designer, Max Matter.

Obverse Inscription HELVETIA 50 FR 2002
Switzerland / Fifty Francs 2002 Expo.02 - reverse photo

The reverse design shows the site map of Drei-Seen-Land (land of three lakes) with the location of the Expo.02 pavilions on lakes Murten, Neuchatel, and Biel marked with squares.

Below right, the inscription EXPO.02 is in a rectangle with a hologram effect.

Reverse Inscription EXPO.02
EdgePlain, InscribedEdge InscriptionDOMINUS PROVIDEBIT * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Finish: proof.
Packaging: in presentation box with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

See also

There is also a silver 20 Francs coin commemorating Expo .02.

Fifty Francs 2002 Expo.02: Known varieties
Variety In Philatelic Numismatic Cover
Mintage Issued: unknown (included in total)
Fifty Francs 2002 Expo.02: References to Information Used
Swissmint 2002 Mintage link
All (24) coins of type: Fifty Francs, Gold
Coin NameMintageLegend
Fifty Francs 2001 Heidi 5,000 HELVETIA 50 FR 2001
Fifty Francs 2002 Expo.02 5,000 HELVETIA 50 FR 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
Fifty Francs 2022 Vreneli Anniversary 5,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 100 1911 | 1922
Fifty Francs 2023 Federal Constitution 5,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2023 50 FR
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Fifty Francs 2002 Expo.02: Details
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeFifty Francs, Gold
Face Value50 (x Franc)
Total Mintage5,000
Material0.900 Gold
DesignerMax Matter
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size25.0000 mm
Mass11.2900 g
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Fifty Francs 2002 Expo.02: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldSwitzerland Fr# 521
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSwitzerland KM# 102