Five Francs 2000 150th Anniversary of the Currency, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Five Francs 2000 150th Anniversary of the Currency, Coin from Switzerland
CoinFive Francs 2000 150th Anniversary of the Currency

The Five 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.

The normal circulating 5 FR denomination 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 - all of these in silver with the specifications of the Latin Monetary Union, until in 1931 when the coins were made smaller and the content was slightly debased. Starting in 1936, the country also occasionally issued circulating commemorative one-year type 5 Franc coins in silver to mark various important occasions, then - when silver was demonetised in 1971 - the denomination became copper-nickel.

An extensive series of copper-nickel circulating commemoratives were issued between 1974 and 1990 (in parallel with the regular design). For several years after that (1991 to 1998), no commemoratives were issued in this denomination.

In 1999, Swissimint changed the concept and started striking non-circulating commemoratives for collectors only, like the coins issued below - with topics celebrating various aspects of Swiss cultural and national heritage, and not people and events as before. These were denominated as 5 Francs at first, but after only six coins were issued in the first five years, this format was discontinued. Further non-circulating bimetallic coins are now denominated as 10 Francs.

This 2000 Five Francs collector coin celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Swiss Franc (German: 150 Jahre Schweizer Franken).

Although 22 cantons and half-cantons issued coins between 1803 and 1850, less than 15% of the money in circulation in Switzerland in 1850 was locally produced, with the rest being foreign, mainly brought back by mercenaries. In addition, some private banks also started issuing the first banknotes, so that in total, at least 8000 different coins and notes were in circulation at that time, making the monetary system extremely complicated. In practice, only the larger German or French trade coins were recognized for large payments within and outside Switzerland. Local small change or banknotes were typically useful only in the issuing canton and were not accepted elsewhere.

To solve this problem, the new Swiss Federal Constitution of 1848 specified that the federal government would be the only entity allowed to issue money in Switzerland. This was followed two years later by the first Federal Coinage Act, passed by the Federal Assembly on 7 May 1850, which introduced the franc as the monetary unit of Switzerland. The franc was introduced at par with the French franc. It replaced the different currencies of the Swiss cantons, some of which had been using a franc (divided into 10 batzen and 100 centimes) which was worth 1.5 French francs.

Bimetallic 5 Franc coins are legal tender but are issued in small quantities for collectors only and do not circulate.

MintSwissmint Mint MarkLetter B Total Mintage165,000
Obverse
Switzerland / Five Francs 2000 150th Anniversary of the Currency - obverse photo

The centre of the obverse has the language-neutral abbreviation of the currency name surrounded by two small Swiss crosses: + FR +, on a honeycomb background.

The outer ring is decorated with seven bees, and has the anniversary dates 1850 and 2000 around below.

The designer's name HAROLD STUDER is above right near the rim of the coin.

Obverse Inscription + FR + 1850 2000
Reverse
Switzerland / Five Francs 2000 150th Anniversary of the Currency - reverse photo

The reverse shows the value and denomination 5 FR at the centre of the inner circle, on a background of grape leaves. The mint mark of Swissmint (ex Bern Mint) - a very small letter B - is in relief the lowest part of the inner circle.

Around the outer ring, the legend CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA (translated from Latin: Confederation of Switzerland).Below it, the date · 2000 ·.

Reverse Inscription 5 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA · 2000 ·
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Mintage consists of 150,000 coins in uncirculated grade and 15,000 proofs. Some were issued in special uncirculated and proof mint sets (not the regular annual sets) and some were distributed individually.

Another bimetallic 5 Francs coin was issued in 2000 to celebrate the Basel carnival.

Issued in Set
Schweizer Münzen Stempelglanz / Monnaies suisses Fleur de coin - Swissmint 2000 (special), mintage 2,000
9 coins: 5 Fr. Burkhard, 5 Fr. Anniversary of the Swiss Franc, 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c., 1 c.
Five Francs 2000 150th Anniversary of the Currency: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 15,000 (included in total)
Details

Proof coins ("PP" from "Polierte Platte" in German) distributed individually or in the year's special mint sets.

In Set Schweizer Münzen Polierte Platte / Monnaies suisses Flan bruni - Swissmint 2000 (special), mintage 500
9 coins: 5 Fr. Burkhard, 5 Fr. Anniversary of the Swiss Franc, 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c., 1 c.
Five Francs 2000 150th Anniversary of the Currency: References to Information Used
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Five Francs 2000 150th Anniversary of the Currency: Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeFive Francs, Bimetallic
Issued2000
Face Value5 (x Franc)
Total Mintage165,000
CurrentYes
MaterialBimetallic
DesignerHarold Studer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.000 mm
Mass15.000 g
OCC IDLGVB-OLDC-LGDJ-OMPX
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Five Francs 2000 150th Anniversary of the Currency: Catalogue Reference IDs
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Schön, WeltmünzkatalogSweiz Schön# 89
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSwitzerland KM# 91