Fifty Francs 2006 Pontifical Swiss Guard, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Fifty Francs 2006 Pontifical Swiss Guard, Coin from Switzerland
CoinFifty Francs 2006 Pontifical Swiss Guard

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 500 years of the Pontifical Swiss Guard.

The Pontifical Swiss Guard (also Papal Swiss Guard or simply Swiss Guard; Latin: Pontificia Cohors Helvetica; Italian: Guardia Svizzera Pontificia; German: Päpstliche Schweizergarde; French: Garde suisse pontificale; Romansh: Guardia svizra papala) is a minor armed force and honour guard unit maintained by the Holy See that protects the pope and the Apostolic Palace within the territory of the Vatican City. Established in 1506 under Pope Julius II, the Pontifical Swiss Guard is among the oldest military units in continuous operation.

The dress uniform is of blue, red, orange and yellow with a distinctly Renaissance appearance. The Swiss Guard are equipped with traditional weapons, such as the halberd, as well as with modern firearms. Since the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II in 1981, a much stronger emphasis has been placed on the Guard's non-ceremonial roles, and has seen enhanced training in unarmed combat and small arms.

Recruits to the guards must be unmarried Swiss Catholic males between 18 and 30 years of age who have completed basic training with the Swiss Armed Forces. The unit's security mission is complemented by the Corps of Gendarmerie of Vatican City.

MintSwissmint Mint MarkLetter B Total Mintage6,000
Obverse
Switzerland / Fifty Francs 2006 Pontifical Swiss Guard - 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: 2006.

Obverse Inscription 50 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2006
Reverse
Switzerland / Fifty Francs 2006 Pontifical Swiss Guard - reverse photo

The reverse design shows on the right the figure of Pontifical Swiss Guard standing, in traditional uniform, holding a halberd upright in his right arm. The background is a wide square grid.

Above the figure, the anniversary dates 1506 - 2006. On three lines below left, the inscription GUARDIA SVIZZERA PONTIFICIA (Pontifical Swiss Guard, in Italian).

The signature of the artist, R. Mirer (Rudolf Mirer) is below left.

Reverse Inscription GUARDIA SVIZZERA PONTIFICIA 1506 2006
EdgePlain, InscribedEdge InscriptionDOMINUS PROVIDEBIT * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Notes

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

Fifty Francs 2006 Pontifical Swiss Guard: Known varieties
Variety In Philatelic Numismatic Cover
Mintage Issued: unknown (included in total)
Fifty Francs 2006 Pontifical Swiss Guard: References to Information Used
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Swissmint 2006 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 2006 Pontifical Swiss Guard: Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeFifty Francs
Issued2006
SymbolSwiss Cross
Face Value50 (x Franc)
Total Mintage6,000
CurrentYes
Material0.900 Gold
DesignerRudolf Mirer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size25.000 mm
Mass11.290 g
OCC IDRWKZ-EJNC-QMDD-EXGL
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Fifty Francs 2006 Pontifical Swiss Guard: Catalogue Reference IDs
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Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldSwitzerland Fr# 526
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSwitzerland KM# 116