Five Francs 2002 L'Escalade, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Five Francs 2002 L'Escalade, Coin from Switzerland
CoinFive Francs 2002 L'Escalade

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.

The 2002 Five Francs collector coin celebrates the Escalade festival of Geneva (French: Escalade de Genève) and the 400th anniversary of the event it commemorates.

L'Escalade, or Fête de l'Escalade (from escalade, the act of scaling defensive walls), is an annual festival in Geneva, Switzerland, held each December in celebration of the defeat of an attempt to conquer the Protestant city by the Catholic Duchy of Savoy. Troops sent by Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy, attempted a surprise attack during the night of 11-12 December 1602, but according to legend, were repulsed by a cook who dumped boiling vegetable soup on the invaders before raising an alarm. The celebrations and other commemorative activities are usually held on 12 December or the closest weekend.

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 Mintage145,000
Switzerland / Five Francs 2002 L'Escalade - obverse photo

The centre of the obverse shows a perspective view of siege ladders propped around a town wall - represented by houses depicted along the outer ring of the coin.

The name of the designer P. A. ZUBER is in small letters in the lower right of the central circle of the coin.

Around the outer ring, the inscription ESCALADE 1602 - 2002.

Obverse Inscription ESCALADE 1602 - 2002
Switzerland / Five Francs 2002 L'Escalade - reverse photo

The reverse shows the value and denomination 5 FR in the centre the inner circle.

Around the inner circle, the legend CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA (translated from Latin: Confederation of Switzerland) and the date 2002.

The mint mark B of Swissmint (ex Bern Mint) is at the bottom of the inner circle.

The outer ring is decorated with small images of vegetables, symbolising the festival celebrations which include a large marmite (cauldron) made of chocolate and filled with marzipan vegetables and candies wrapped in the Geneva colours of red and gold.

Reverse Inscription 5 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2002
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

Mintage consists of 130,000 coins in uncirculated grade and 15,000 proofs. Some were issued in the year's uncirculated and proof mint sets and some were distributed individually.

Issued in Set
Schweizer Münzen Stempelglanz / Monnaies suisses Fleur de coin - Swissmint 2002, mintage 22,000
9 coins: 5 Fr. Burkhard, 5 Fr. L'Escalade, 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c., 1 c.
Five Francs 2002 L'Escalade: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 15,000 (included in total)

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

In Set Schweizer Münzen Polierte Platte / Monnaies suisses Flan bruni - Swissmint 2002, mintage 6,000
9 coins: 5 Fr. Burkhard, 5 Fr. L'Escalade, 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c., 1 c.
Variety Trial Piece
Mintage Issued: 700

Marked as a pattern / trial piece with a sign under the value: a small Swiss Cross within a circle interrupted by the letter E (for "Esasai").

Five Francs 2002 L'Escalade: References to Information Used
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Five Francs 2002 L'Escalade: Details
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeFive Francs, Bimetallic
Face Value5 (x Franc)
Total Mintage145,000
DesignerPierre-Alain Zuber
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.0000 mm
Mass15.0000 g
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Five Francs 2002 L'Escalade: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Schön, WeltmünzkatalogSweiz Schön# 96
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSwitzerland KM# 98