Five Francs 1850, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Five Francs 1850, Coin from Switzerland (demonetised 1934)
CoinFive Francs 1850

The Five Francs coin is a circulating 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. Initially when federal Swiss coinage was introduced in 1850, all "francs" (including the half franc) were full-bodied silver, while the centimes were either billon (low-grade silver) or base metal.

This first version of the five francs coin featuring a seated figure of Helvetia was designed by Friedrich Fisch and engraved by Antoine Bovy. The reverse shows the value - a numeral 5, and a language-neutral abbreviation of the denomination, Fr. within a wreath whose left part consists of oak branches and the right part of various Alpine flowers while the reverse shows the Seated Helvetia figure, consistent with the other Franc coins of the time - the half franc, one franc and two francs. This version was larger and heavier than current coins (25 grams) and made of 0.900 silver and 0.100 copper, as per the specifications of the Latin Monetary Union. It was issued between 1850 and 1874 and was initially struck by the Paris Mint and the Brussels Mint, then by the Bern Mint (now Swissmint).

In 1888, the denomination was changed to a new design by Karl Schwenzer, with the reverse showing a shield within a wreath, and the obverse featuring a portrait of the symbolic figure Helvetia. Unlike the smaller denominations, its metal was not debased.

These older coins of this first type, being of equivalent size and metal content, remained in circulation until both types superseded by a smaller silver 5 Francs piece.

Coins issued in 1850 circulated for 84 years before they were demonetised on 1st February 1934.

MintParis Mint Mint MarkLetter A Total Mintage250,000
Obverse
Switzerland / Five Francs 1850 - obverse photo

The obverse features a seated figure of Helvetia, the female personification of the Confederation of Switzerland, resting on a plough whose two handles are seen to her right, and some grains; with her left hand she holds a triangular shield resting on the ground which bears the Swiss Cross inside an oval; her right arm is extended toward the left side of the obverse, pointing into the distance. The legend HELVETIA is around above her head. The engraver's name A. BOVY is in small letters to her left, written counter-clockwise (i.e. the letters face the opposite way to the legend).

There are two privy marks in the exergue; to the left, a hand pointing right, the privy mark of Charles Louis Joseph Dierickx - director (mint master) of the Paris Mint; to the right, a greyhound head looking right, privy mark of Jean-Jacques Barre, the mint's chief engraver.

Obverse Inscription HELVETIA
Reverse
Switzerland / Five Francs 1850 - reverse photo

The reverse shows the value, a numeral 5, and a language-neutral abbreviation of the denomination, Fr. above the date 1850 within a wreath whose left part consists of oak branches and the right part of various Alpine flowers.

The mint mark A of the Paris Mint is under the ribbon of the wreath.

Reverse Inscription 5 Fr. 1850
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Swissmint only lists combined mintage of 500,000 for the years 1850 and 1851, with a note that the two issues were "roughly the same"; so, the mintage figure is approximate.

Five Francs 1850: Known varieties
Variety Specimen
Mintage Issued: unknown
Five Francs 1850: References to Information Used
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All (117) Coins of Country: Switzerland, Type: Five Francs
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Five Francs 1850 250,000 Helvetia, Seated HELVETIA
Five Francs 1851 250,000 Helvetia, Seated HELVETIA
Five Francs 1873 30,000 Helvetia, Seated HELVETIA
Five Francs 1874 1,596,000 Helvetia, Seated HELVETIA
Five Francs 1888 25,000 Helvetia, Portrait by Karl Schwenzer CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA * 1888
Five Francs 1889 225,000 Helvetia, Portrait by Karl Schwenzer CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA * 1889
Five Francs 1890 305,000 Helvetia, Portrait by Karl Schwenzer CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA * 1890
Five Francs 1891 150,000 Helvetia, Portrait by Karl Schwenzer CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA * 1891
Five Francs 1892 190,000 Helvetia, Portrait by Karl Schwenzer CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA * 1892
Five Francs 1894 34,000 Helvetia, Portrait by Karl Schwenzer CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA * 1894
Five Francs 1895 46,000 Helvetia, Portrait by Karl Schwenzer CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA * 1895
Five Francs 1896 2,000 Helvetia, Portrait by Karl Schwenzer CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA * 1896
Five Francs 1900 33,000 Helvetia, Portrait by Karl Schwenzer CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA * 1900
Five Francs 1904 40,000 Helvetia, Portrait by Karl Schwenzer CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA * 1904
Five Francs 1907 277,000 Helvetia, Portrait by Karl Schwenzer CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA * 1907
Five Francs 1908 200,000 Helvetia, Portrait by Karl Schwenzer CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA * 1908
Five Francs 1909 120,000 Helvetia, Portrait by Karl Schwenzer CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA * 1909
Five Francs 1912 11,000 Helvetia, Portrait by Karl Schwenzer CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA * 1912
Five Francs 1916 22,000 Helvetia, Portrait by Karl Schwenzer CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA * 1916
Five Francs 1922 2,400,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1923 11,300,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1924 182,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1925 2,830,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1926 2,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1928 24,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1931 3,520,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1932 10,580,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1933 5,900,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1935 3,000,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1936 War Bond 200,000 Swiss Cross HELVETIA
Five Francs 1937 645,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1939 2,197,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1939 Battle of Laupen 30,600 Swiss Cross CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1940 1,601,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1941 Anniversary of Confederation 100,150 Swiss Cross CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1944 Battle of St. Jakob 101,680 Swiss Cross HELVETIA
Five Francs 1948 416,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1948 Constitution 500,400 Swiss Cross HELVETIA
Five Francs 1949 407,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1950 482,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1951 1,096,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1952 155,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1953 3,403,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1954 6,600,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1963 Red Cross 623,000 Swiss Cross 5 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1965 5,021,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1966 9,016,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1967 13,817,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1968 33,871,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1969 8,637,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1970 6,306,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1973 5,002,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1974 6,007,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1974 Constitution Revision 3,709,000 Swiss Cross 5 FR 1848 1874 1974 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1975 4,015,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1975 Year of Historic Preservation 2,560,000 5 FR. CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1976 3,007,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1976 Battle of Murten 1,606,900 5 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1977 2,009,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1977 Heinrich Pestalozzi 852,260 Swiss Cross 5 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 1977
Five Francs 1978 4,411,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1978 Henry Dunant 963,000 5 FR CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA 1978
Five Francs 1979 4,011,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1979 Albert Einstein - Portrait 935,000 5 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 1979
Five Francs 1979 Albert Einstein - Formula 937,000 5 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 1979
Five Francs 1980 4,026,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1980 Ferdinand Hodler 1,001,200 5 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 1980
Five Francs 1981 6,018,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1981 Treaty of Stans 950,260 5 FR HELVETIA 1981
Five Francs 1982 5,050,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1982 Gotthard Railway 1,170,110 Swiss Cross 5 Fr. HELVETIA 1982
Five Francs 1983 4,033,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1983 Ernest Ansermet 1,087,990 Swiss Cross 5 FR CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA 1983
Five Francs 1984 3,953,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1984 Auguste Piccard 1,087,990 HELVETIA 5 FR 1984
Five Francs 1985 4,050,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1985 European Year of Music 1,240,400 5 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1986 7,083,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1986 Battle of Sempach 1,157,800 Swiss Cross CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 1986 5 FR
Five Francs 1987 7,028,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1987 Le Corbusier 1,022,515 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 5 FR 1987
Five Francs 1988 7,029,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1988 Olympic Movement 1,094,527 5 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 1988
Five Francs 1989 5,031,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1989 Henri Guisan 1,339,012 5 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 1989
Five Francs 1990 1,049,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1990 Gottfried Keller 1,169,412 5 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 1990
Five Francs 1991 544,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1992 5,035,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1993 5,023,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1994 12,023,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1995 12,024,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1996 12,023,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1997 9,022,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1998 9,021,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1999 9,021,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 2000 7,026,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 2001 1,028,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 2002 1,030,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 2003 1,028,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 2004 529,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 2005 529,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 2006 530,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 2007 528,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 2008 526,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 2009 2,026,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 2010 5,026,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 2011 3,026,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 2012 8,026,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 2013 8,023,500 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 2014 7,022,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 2015 5,026,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 2016 4,028,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 2017 3,029,500 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 2018 3,027,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 2019 3,022,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 2020 3,020,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
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Five Francs 1850: Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeFive Francs, Seated Helvetia
Issued1850
EffigyHelvetia, Seated
ReverseCoat of Arms of Switzerland
Face Value5 (x Franc)
Total Mintage250,000
CurrentNo; demonetised 1934
Material0.900 Silver
DesignerFriedrich Fisch, Antoine Bovy
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size37.000 mm
Thickness2.350 mm
Mass25.000 g
OCC IDBVYX-OWRC-LBNL-EJZN
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Five Francs 1850: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Schön, WeltmünzkatalogSweiz Schön# 23
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSwitzerland KM# 11