Fifty Francs 2019 Crocodile Locomotive, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Fifty Francs 2019 Crocodile Locomotive, Coin from Switzerland
CoinFifty Francs 2019 Crocodile Locomotive

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 marks the 100th anniversary of the famous Crocodile Locomotive.

The Ce 6/8 II electric locomotives, also affectionately known as the "Crocodiles", are more than just "old locomotives" for many people, and not just for Swiss railway enthusiasts. They combine Swiss cultural heritage with lively enthusiasm for a technical masterpiece created 100 years ago.

The powerful "Crocodiles" are among the SBB's most durable locomotives. In the spring of 1918, the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) ordered ten "heavy mountain freight locomotives" from the Swiss Locomotive and Machine Factory (SLM) for use at the Gotthard. The specifications for these electric locomotives stipulated that they could cover the Goldau-Chiasso route twice within 28 hours with a train of 860t trailer weight. The special thing about the construction of the "Crocodiles" was the movable bearing between the drive frames and the locomotive box. Between 1919 and 1921, the series was increased to 33 units. The demands on the electric freight locomotives for the mountain route were enormous.

After the "Crocodiles" at the Gotthard were replaced by more powerful locomotives in the mid-1950s, they took over the transport of gravel trains weighing up to 1,200 tonnes in the Mittelland region. Some specimens have been preserved in working order to this day. SBB Historic offers special trips with the "Crocodile", and the electric old timer can also be admired in the Swiss Museum of Transport.

MintSwissmint Mint MarkLetter B Total Mintage5,000
Switzerland / Fifty Francs 2019 Crocodile Locomotive - 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: 2019.

Obverse Inscription 50 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2019
Switzerland / Fifty Francs 2019 Crocodile Locomotive - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts a "Crocodile" locomotive. Below right, the anniversary dates 1919 - 2019.

Around right, in small letters the designer's name R. SCHENKER.

In the exergue, the train's designation Ce 6/8".

Reverse Inscription 1919 - 2019 Ce 6/8"
EdgePlain, InscribedEdge InscriptionDOMINUS PROVIDEBIT * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Fifty Francs 2019 Crocodile Locomotive: Known varieties
Variety Proof in presentation box
Mintage Issued: 4,750 (included in total)

Proof, with numbered certificate.

Swissmint Article no. GM1921AUPP. Date of issue: 9 May 2019. Issue price: 580 CHF.

Variety Proof in presentation box, signed
Mintage Issued: 250 (included in total)

Proof, with numbered certificate signed by the artist.

Swissmint Article no. GM1921AUPPS. Date of issue: 9 May 2019. Issue price: 590 CHF.

Fifty Francs 2019 Crocodile Locomotive: References to Information Used
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Fifty Francs 2019 Crocodile Locomotive: Details
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeFifty Francs
SymbolSwiss Cross
Face Value50 (x Franc)
Total Mintage5,000
Material0.900 Gold
DesignerRaphael Schenker
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size25.000 mm
Mass11.290 g
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Crocodile locomotive, Au proof
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Crocodile locomotive, Au proof
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