Fifty Francs 2013 Gotthard Mail Coach, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Fifty Francs 2013 Gotthard Mail Coach, Coin from Switzerland
CoinFifty Francs 2013 Gotthard Mail Coach

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 Gotthard Mail Coach (German: Gotthardpost; Frennch: Diligence du Gothard).

Swissmint says about it:
For many years, the Schöllenen gorge formed an insurmountable barrier on the route over the Gotthard Pass. The opening-up of the Schöllenen gorge by means of the Twärrenbrücke bridge - a walkway alongside the vertical cliff face - as well as the construction of the first wooden bridge over the River Reuss (known as The Devil's Bridge) and the two to three metre wide mule track surfaced with gravel and granite slabs helped the Gotthard Pass enjoy a rapid boom in the 13th century. Since its creation, the old mule track dating from the Middle Ages had been gradually improved so that by the end of the 18th century, sections were also passable by the Gotthard mail coaches.

In 1830, the new Gotthard road was opened and by 1831 as many as 900 mail coaches rolled over the pass. A regular service operated three times a week in each direction between Flüelen and Chiasso using small one-horse carriages with two or three seats. The heyday of the Gotthard mail coaches only began in 1842 however with the introduction of a daily five horse, ten-seat coach in each direction. The journey from Como to Flüelen took almost 23 hours. Whereas there were still only two mail coach connections a week in 1835, from 1849 a twice daily service was already in operation. With the opening of the Gotthard railway in 1882, the Gotthard mail coaches lost importance overnight. From then on, travellers and goods were conveyed by rail through the newly constructed Gotthard tunnel, dispensing with the need for the arduous and hazardous journeys over the pass.

MintSwissmint Mint MarkLetter B Total Mintage4,410
Obverse
Switzerland / Fifty Francs 2013 Gotthard Mail Coach - 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: 2013.

Obverse Inscription 50 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2013
Reverse
Switzerland / Fifty Francs 2013 Gotthard Mail Coach - reverse photo

The reverse design shows a repruduction of "Gotthardpost", painted by Rudolf Koller in 1873, depicting a mail coach drawn by five galloping horses, with a coach driver cracking whip, advancing right on dirt road, scattering four cows around.

Around above, the inscription GOTTHARDPOST. In smaller letters around right, R . KOLLER PINX (from Latin: Rudolf Koller painted [this]).

Reverse Inscription GOTTHARDPOST R . KOLLER PINX
EdgePlain, InscribedEdge InscriptionDOMINUS PROVIDEBIT * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Notes

Finish: proof.
Packaging: in presentation box with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Issue price: CHF 580.00.

Fifty Francs 2013 Gotthard Mail Coach: References to Information Used
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Swissmint 2013 Mintage
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 2013 Gotthard Mail Coach: Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeFifty Francs
Issued2013
SymbolSwiss Cross
Face Value50 (x Franc)
Total Mintage4,410
CurrentYes
Material0.900 Gold
DesignerRudolf Koller
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size25.000 mm
Mass11.290 g
OCC IDDKLM-EMKC-MZQX-ENZB
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Fifty Francs 2013 Gotthard Mail Coach: Catalogue Reference IDs
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Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldSwitzerland Fr# 533
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSwitzerland KM# 149