Fifty Francs 2014 Swiss National Park, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Fifty Francs 2014 Swiss National Park, Coin from Switzerland
CoinFifty Francs 2014 Swiss National Park

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 establishment of the Swiss National Park.

Swissmint says about it:
The Swiss National Park (SNP) celebrates its centenary in 2014. Visionary pioneers from the circle of the Swiss Nature Conservation Committee translated their dream into reality: They created an "open-air laboratory" in which a piece of Swiss mountain landscape could develop free from human influence. The objective of the founders of the SNP differed from that of the national parks that had already been established earlier. The protagonists at that time came from the educated middle class which, on the one hand, promoted technological progress but at the same time worried about the future of nature. With justification, because the radical social change in the 19th century and the tumultuous development of tourism at the beginning of the 20th century left clear traces: larger wild animals, just the same as the edelweiss and other alpine plants had become rare, railway projects opened up valleys and peaks, the belief in the promises of technology reached a climax.

The SNP is not only the oldest alpine national park but, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), it is also regarded as a Category Ia nature reserve (area of wilderness). As a result, it is committed to particularly strict protection which is based on leaving nature completely to itself. This objective has not changed over the past 100 years: strict nature conservation in the sense of non-intervention, scientific documentation and research as well as - ever more important in the past few decades - environmental education and publicity work.

MintSwissmint Mint MarkLetter B Total Mintage4,000
Obverse
Switzerland / Fifty Francs 2014 Swiss National Park - 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: 2014.

Obverse Inscription 50 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2014
Reverse
Switzerland / Fifty Francs 2014 Swiss National Park - reverse photo

The reverse design shows the Spöl Valley in the Swiss National Park in the forested Western Rhaetian Alps.

On four lines below, the inscription PARC NAZIUNAL SVIZZER 1914 - 2014 (Swiss National Park in Romansh language, and the anniversary dates).

In small letters near the rim on the left, the name of the designer BUNDI (Stephan Bundi).

Reverse Inscription PARC NAZIUNAL SVIZZER 1914 - 2014
EdgePlain, InscribedEdge InscriptionDOMINUS PROVIDEBIT * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Notes

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

Fifty Francs 2014 Swiss National Park: References to Information Used
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Swissmint 2014 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 2014 Swiss National Park: Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeFifty Francs
Issued2014
SymbolSwiss Cross
Face Value50 (x Franc)
Total Mintage4,000
CurrentYes
Material0.900 Gold
DesignerStephan Bundi
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size25.000 mm
Mass11.290 g
OCC IDANMQ-EPYC-QJZQ-OJYG
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Fifty Francs 2014 Swiss National Park: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldSwitzerland Fr# 534
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSwitzerland KM# 153