Fifty Francs 2017 Barry, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Fifty Francs 2017 Barry, Coin from Switzerland
CoinFifty Francs 2017 Barry

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 Saint Bernard dog Barry (1800 - 1812).

Swissmint says about the coin:
In the 11th century, Canons Regular of Saint Augustine founded a hospice as a refuge for travellers and pilgrims on the 2,469 metre-high Great Saint Bernard Pass. Large mountain dogs have been kept at the hospice since the mid-17th century to guard and protect those staying there. The first visual evidence of the presence of mountain dogs dates back to 1695, and the first written document is a hospice memo from the year 1707. The dogs were rapidly adopted as companion dogs and above all as rescue dogs for travellers who lost their way in the snow and mist. The dogs from the Great Saint Bernard Pass saved the lives of a great number of people. The reputation of the Saint Bernards grew throughout Europe in the 19th century thanks to chronicles published in many languages and to reports passed on by word of mouth by the soldiers who had crossed the pass with Napoleon Bonaparte in 1800.

The legendary Saint Bernard dog Barry lived at the hospice from 1800 to 1812. The famous dog apparently saved the lives of more than 40 people. Numerous legends linked to his story have contributed greatly to the good reputation of the Saint Bernard dogs. The Natural History Museum in Bern is devoting a special exhibition to the stuffed, original Barry and his story. The Barry Foundation in Martigny attends to the continued existence of the original Saint Bernard dogs.

In memory of this brave dog, Swissmint issues a 50-franc gold coin designed by the graphic artist and illustrator Maya Delaquis from Gwatt.

MintSwissmint Mint MarkLetter B Total Mintage4,500
Switzerland / Fifty Francs 2017 Barry - 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: 2017.

Obverse Inscription 50 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2017
Switzerland / Fifty Francs 2017 Barry - reverse photo

In the centre of the reverse is a depiction of the famous Saint Bernard dog Barry, with a small rum barrel marked with the Swiss Cross tied to his neck. In the background, the hospice of the Great St Bernard Pass.

Around below right, the inscription BARRY.

The artist's name MAYA DELAQUIS is around below right.

Reverse Inscription BARRY
EdgePlain, InscribedEdge InscriptionDOMINUS PROVIDEBIT * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Finish: proof.
Packaging: in presentation box with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Date of issue: 14 September 2017.
Issue price: CHF 580.00.

Fifty Francs 2017 Barry: Known varieties
Variety Proof in presentation box
Mintage Issued: 4,800 (included in total)
Variety Proof in presentation box, signed
Mintage Issued: 200 (included in total)

Proof, with numbered certificate signed by the artist.

Fifty Francs 2017 Barry: References to Information Used
Swissmint 2017 Mintage
All (24) coins of type: Fifty Francs, Gold
Coin NameMintageLegend
Fifty Francs 2001 Heidi 5,000 HELVETIA 50 FR 2001
Fifty Francs 2002 Expo.02 5,000 HELVETIA 50 FR 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
Fifty Francs 2022 Vreneli Anniversary 5,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 100 1911 | 1922
Fifty Francs 2023 Federal Constitution 5,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2023 50 FR
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Fifty Francs 2017 Barry: Details
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeFifty Francs, Gold
SymbolSwiss Cross
ReverseSwiss Cross
Face Value50 (x Franc)
Total Mintage4,500
Material0.900 Gold
DesignerMaya Delaquis
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size25.0000 mm
Mass11.2900 g
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Fifty Francs 2017 Barry: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSwitzerland KM# 168