Five Francs 1936 War Bond, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Five Francs 1936 War Bond, Coin from Switzerland (demonetised 1971)
CoinFive Francs 1936 War Bond

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.

Normal circulating coins went through several transformations: with a seated figure of Helvetia on the obverse, then a portrait of Helvetia, then the current design by Paul Burkhard. The earliest coins were issued with the specifications of the Latin Monetary Union until in 1931 when the coins were made smaller and the content was slightly debased to 0.835 silver / 0.165 copper.

Starting in 1936, the country also occasionally issued circulating commemorative one-year type 5 Franc coins to mark various important occasions. These had the same dimensions and silver content as those of the regular type. Together with them, they were demonetised on 1st April 1971 when silver was abandoned and the current CuproNickel 5 Fr. coins became the only 5 Francs in circulation.

The 1936 Five Francs coin is the first commemorative coin issued by Switzerland. It celebrates the War Bond ("Wehranleihe", also known in English as the "Armament Fund") issued in 1936 by the government in order to raise money to strengthen the Swiss military, as it was already evident that a second world war was inevitable.

The design of the coin symbolises a country which welcomes peace but is also ready for war.

MintBern Mint Mint MarkLetter B Total Mintage200,000
Obverse
Switzerland / Five Francs 1936 War Bond - obverse photo

The obverse features the symbolic figure of Helvetia - the female personification of the Confederation of Switzerland. She is kneeling, holding a dove in her outstretched left hand - offering peace, but holding a sword in her right hand behind her.

Below the figure, the legend HELVETIA (the Latin name of Switzerland).

The name of the designer M. WEBER is in small letters around right.

Obverse Inscription HELVETIA
Reverse
Switzerland / Five Francs 1936 War Bond - reverse photo

The reverse features an inscription with a beaded square, on four lines: PRO PATRIA ARMIS TUENDA (translated from Latin: for weapons to protect the Fatherland). In the upper left corner of the square, before the inscription, the Swiss Cross.

Above the square, a military helmet divides the date 1936.

Below the square, the value and denomination: 5 FR. Below that, the mint mark B of the Bern Mint.

Reverse Inscription 1936 PRO PATRIA ARMIS TUENDA 5 FR
EdgeInscribed (lettering in relief)Edge Inscription*** DOMINUS PROVIDEBIT **********
Five Francs 1936 War Bond: Known varieties
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Five Francs 1936 War Bond: References to Information Used
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Showing 100 from a total of 119 coins of 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 1886 5 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
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Five Francs 1936 War Bond: Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeFive Francs, Commemorative (Silver)
Issued1936
ReverseSwiss Cross
Face Value5 (x Franc)
Total Mintage200,000
CurrentNo; demonetised 1971
Material0.835 Silver
DesignerMax Weber
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size31.450 mm
Thickness2.350 mm
Mass15.000 g
OCC IDGAVP-OXAC-ARBA-EMDY
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Five Francs 1936 War Bond: Photos
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5 Francs Armament Fund
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Five Francs 1936 War Bond: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Schön, WeltmünzkatalogSweiz Schön# 37
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSwitzerland KM# 41