Five Francs 1941 Anniversary of Confederation, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Five Francs 1941 Anniversary of Confederation, Coin from Switzerland (demonetised 1971)
CoinFive Francs 1941 Anniversary of Confederation

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 1941 Five Francs coin is only the third Swiss commemorative coin. It marks the 650th anniversary of the Confederation of Switzerland ("Bundesfeier" in German).

The Federal Charter or Letter of Alliance (German: Bundesbrief) is one of the earliest constitutional documents of Switzerland. A treaty of alliance from 1291 between the cantons of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden, the Charter is one of a series of alliances from which the Old Swiss Confederacy emerged. In the 19th and 20th century, after the establishment of the Swiss federal state, the Charter became the founding document of Switzerland in the popular imagination.

The Charter documents the Eternal Alliance or League of the Three Forest Cantons (German: Ewiger Bund der Drei Waldstätten), the union of three cantons in what is now central Switzerland. It is dated to early August 1291, which in the 20th century inspired the date of Swiss National Day, 1 August. Written in Latin, the Charter makes reference to a previous (lost or unwritten) pact.

The "Rütlischwur" (German), depicted on the obverse of the coin, is the legendary oath taken by the representatives of the three founding cantons, Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden, traditionally dated to 1307. It is named for the site of the oath-taking, the Rütli, a meadow above Lake Uri near Seelisberg.

The obverse design is by Ernst Suter and the reverse was designed Luc Jaggi.

MintBern Mint Mint MarkLetter B Total Mintage100,150
Obverse
Switzerland / Five Francs 1941 Anniversary of Confederation - obverse photo

The obverse shows three standing male figures, with right arms raised, representing the three original founding cantons of the confederation - Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden.

This scene was first depicted on a Bundestaler coin issued around 1546 and designed by medallist Jacob Stampfer, which dates the event to 1296, and the three oath-takers are named as Wilhelm Tell von Ure, Stouffacher von Schwytz and Erni von Underwalden. In Ernst Suter's interpretation, the figure on the left is holding a rifle (modern as of the date the coin was made) while the figure on the right is holding a crossbow (modern as of the date of the event).

All around, the legend CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA (Latin for Confederation of Switzerland).

Obverse Inscription CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Reverse
Switzerland / Five Francs 1941 Anniversary of Confederation - reverse photo

The reverse design consists mostly of text, on several horizontal lines.

On top, the value and denomination: 5 FR..

Below that, a Swiss Cross divides the anniversary dates 1291 and 1941.

In four lines below, the Latin inscription PROMISERVNT INVICEM SIBI ASSISTERE AVXILIO which translates to "They have promised to assist" - a quote from the founding document of the Swiss Confederation, which was written in Latin.

Below that, the mint mark B of the Bern Mint (now known as Swissmint).

Reverse Inscription 5 FR. 1291 1941 PROMISERVNT INVICEM SIBI ASSISTERE AVXILIO
EdgeInscribed (lettering in relief)Edge Inscription*** DOMINUS PROVIDEBIT **********
Five Francs 1941 Anniversary of Confederation: Known varieties
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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 1941 Anniversary of Confederation: Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeFive Francs, Commemorative (Silver)
Issued1941
ReverseSwiss Cross
Face Value5 (x Franc)
Mintage100,150
CurrentNo; demonetised 1971
Material0.835 Silver
DesignerErnst Suter, Luc Jaggi
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size (mm)31.4500
Thickness (mm)2.3500
Mass (g)15
OCC IDRWKZ-OJNC-LRVW-OXGL
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Five Francs 1941 Anniversary of Confederation: Catalogue Reference IDs
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Schön, WeltmünzkatalogSweiz Schön# 39
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSwitzerland KM# 44