Fifty Francs 2005 Geneva Motor Show, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Fifty Francs 2005 Geneva Motor Show, Coin from Switzerland
CoinFifty Francs 2005 Geneva Motor Show

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 the Geneva Motor Show.

The Geneva International Motor Show is an annual auto show held in March in the Swiss city of Geneva. The show is hosted at the Palexpo, a convention centre located next to the Geneva Cointrin International Airport. The Salon is organised by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles, and is considered an important major international auto show. First held in 1905, the Salon has hosted almost all major internal combustion engine models in the history of the automobile, along with benzene- and steam-powered cars from the beginning of the century. Exotic supercars often steal the spotlight during their debuts at the show. Prototypes, new equipment, technical breakthroughs, international partnerships, as well as political and social debates, have been announced at the exhibition. The show is regarded as a level playing field for the world's automakers, aided by the fact Switzerland lacks an auto industry of its own.

MintSwissmint Mint MarkLetter B Total Mintage6,000
Obverse
Switzerland / Fifty Francs 2005 Geneva Motor Show - obverse photo

The obverse shows slightly above its centre a small Swiss Cross. Below the centre on two lines, the numeral 50 for the value and a language-neutral abbreviation FR for the denomination (Francs). The mint mark B of Swissmint (ex Bern Mint) is between them.

In concentric circles around, the inscription CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA (translated from Latin: Confederation of Switzerland) and the date of issue: 2005.

Obverse Inscription 50 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2005
Reverse
Switzerland / Fifty Francs 2005 Geneva Motor Show - reverse photo

Below right, the reverse of the coin shows a partial front view of a vintage car. The background has the numbers 1905 and 2005, representing the anniversary dates, repeated in concentric circles overlaid on the entire surface of the coin except a thin strip around the rim; this is reminiscent of the instrument panel of a classic car. Hidden within this (replacing some numbers above left), the designer's name ROGER PFUND.

In three concentric circles around the rim, the inscription SALON INTERNATIONAL DE L'AUTOMOBILE GENEVE (from French: International Automobile Show, Geneva).

Reverse Inscription SALON INTERNATIONAL DE L'AUTOMOBILE GENEVE 1905 2005
EdgePlain, InscribedEdge InscriptionDOMINUS PROVIDEBIT * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Notes

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

Fifty Francs 2005 Geneva Motor Show: Known varieties
Variety In Philatelic Numismatic Cover
Mintage Issued: unknown (included in total)
Fifty Francs 2005 Geneva Motor Show: References to Information Used
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Swissmint 2005 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 2005 Geneva Motor Show: Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeFifty Francs
Issued2005
SymbolSwiss Cross
Face Value50 (x Franc)
Total Mintage6,000
CurrentYes
Material0.900 Gold
DesignerRoger Pfund
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size25.000 mm
Mass11.290 g
OCC IDRNAZ-EGWC-BJDJ-EXJL
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Fifty Francs 2005 Geneva Motor Show: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldSwitzerland Fr# 525
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSwitzerland KM# 113