Fifty Francs 2004 FIFA Centenary, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Fifty Francs 2004 FIFA Centenary, Coin from Switzerland
CoinFifty Francs 2004 FIFA Centenary

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 the 100th Anniversary of FIFA (abbreviated from the French name Fédération Internationale de Football Association; English: International Federation of Association Football; Spanish: Federación Internacional de Fútbol Asociación; German: Internationaler Verband des Association-Fußball) - the non-profit organisation that describes itself as an international governing body of association football, futsal and beach soccer. It is the highest governing body of association football.

FIFA was founded in 1904 to oversee international competition among the national associations of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland, its membership comprises 211 national associations as of 2022. These national associations must each also be members of one of the six regional confederations into which the world is divided: Africa, Asia, Europe, North & Central America and the Caribbean, Oceania and South America.

MintSwissmint Mint MarkLetter B Total Mintage10,000
Obverse
Switzerland / Fifty Francs 2004 FIFA Centenary - obverse photo

The left half of the obverse represents half of a football (soccer ball).

On the right, the value and denomination above: 50 FR (fifty francs), below which the date of issue 2004.

In two lines around below right, facing outwards, CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA (from Latin: Swiss Federation).

The B mint mark of Swissmint (ex Bern Mint) is below centre, at the base of the football.

Obverse Inscription 50 FR 2004 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Reverse
Switzerland / Fifty Francs 2004 FIFA Centenary - reverse photo

The reverse depicts Swiss folk hero Wilhelm Tell (known in English as William Tell), walking forwards, holding a crossbow on his right shoulder. His left arm is around the shoulder of a child walking together with him. In the background, mountains - with Matterhorn recognisable on the left.

The numeral 100 is large below the two figures, with two footballs instead of the two zeros.

Around above, the inscription FIFA CENTENNIAL. Around below, WORLD FOOTBALL.

Reverse Inscription FIFA CENTENNIAL 100 WORLD FOOTBALL
EdgePlain, InscribedEdge InscriptionDOMINUS PROVIDEBIT * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Notes

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

Fifty Francs 2004 FIFA Centenary: Known varieties
Variety In Philatelic Numismatic Cover
Mintage Issued: unknown (included in total)
Fifty Francs 2004 FIFA Centenary: References to Information Used
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Swissmint 2004 Mintage link
All (22) coins of type: Fifty Francs
Coin NameMintageLegend
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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Fifty Francs 2004 FIFA Centenary: Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeFifty Francs
Issued2004
Face Value50 (x Franc)
Total Mintage10,000
CurrentYes
Material0.900 Gold
DesignerJoaquin Jimenez
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size25.000 mm
Mass11.290 g
OCC IDWMRA-EQPC-AZWY-OYPL
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Fifty Francs 2004 FIFA Centenary: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldSwitzerland Fr# 524
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSwitzerland KM# 123