Five Francs 2021, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Five Francs 2021, Coin from Switzerland
CoinFive Francs 2021

The Five Francs coin is a circulating denomination of the Swiss Franc. Given that Switzerland has four official languages, the currency 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.

The first version of the five francs coin featured a seated figure of Helvetia; in 1888, this was changed to a new design 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. This changed again in 1922, to the current design by Paul Burkhard with a re-designed shield on the reverse and the figure of an Alpine herdsman on the obverse. At that time, the specifications of the Latin Monetary Union were kept. The next transformation of the denomination was in 1931 when the coins were made smaller and the silver content was slightly debased.

The final change was in 1968 when silver content was abandoned, and the circulating earlier types were demonetised on 1st April 1971. The current Five Franc coins are smaller and made of cupro-nickel.

5 Fr. coins issued in 2021 have now been in circulation for less than one year.

MintSwissmint Mint MarkLetter B Total Mintage2,021,000 (2.0 million)
Obverse
Switzerland / Five Francs 2021 - obverse photo

The obverse by Paul Burkhard shows a hooded male figure representing an alpine herdsman (and not William Tell as some people think). The legend CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA is around above.

The engraver's signature, P BVRKHARD INCT. (an abbreviation for the Latin text "Paul Burkhard incidit", meaning "engraved by Paul Burkhard), is below left on the figure's shoulder, incuse counter-clockwise in small letters.

Obverse Inscription CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
Reverse

The reverse shows the Coat of Arms of Switzerland with a rounded shield and no tincture for the background colour, surrounded by flower wreaths. The value and denomination 5 FR. are above the shield.

The date: 2021 is below the shield, and the mint mark B of Swissmint (ex Bern Mint) is below the date.

Reverse Inscription 5 FR. 2021
EdgeInscribed (lettering in relief)Edge Inscription*** DOMINUS PROVIDEBIT **********
Five Francs 2021: Known varieties
Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: 17,000 (included in total)
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated ("STGL" from "Stempelglanz" in German) coins in the year's mint sets.

In Sets Schweizer Münzen Stempelglanz / Monnaies suisses Fleur de coin - Swissmint 2021, mintage 8,000
8 coins: 10 Fr. Fox, 5 Fr., 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c.

Schweizer Münzen Stempelglanz / Monnaies suisses Fleur de coin - Swissmint 2021 (Baby Set), mintage 7,000
7 coins: 5 Fr., 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c.

Schweizer Münzen Stempelglanz / Monnaies suisses Fleur de coin - Swissmint 2021 (Anniversary Set), mintage 2,000
7 coins: 5 Fr., 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c.
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 4,000 (included in total)
Details

Proof coins ("PP" from "Polierte Platte" in German) in the year's proof sets.

In Set Schweizer Münzen Polierte Platte / Monnaies suisses Flan bruni - Swissmint 2021, mintage 2,500
8 coins: 10 Fr. Fox, 5 Fr., 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c.
Five Francs 2021: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Swissmint 14 January 2021 Mint link
Swissmint 14 January 2021 Mintage link
Showing 19 from a total of 119 coins of type: Five Francs
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
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
Five Francs 2021 2,021,000 Coat of Arms of Switzerland CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
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Five Francs 2021: Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeFive Francs, CuproNickel
Issued2021
ReverseCoat of Arms of Switzerland
Face Value5 (x Franc)
Circulation Mintage2,000,000 (2.0 million)
Total Mintage2,021,000 (2.0 million)
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerPaul Burkhard
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size31.450 mm
Thickness2.350 mm
Mass13.200 g
OCC IDWMRA-EQPC-QZAD-OYPL
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Five Francs 2021: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Schön, WeltmünzkatalogSweiz Schön# 36a.4
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSwitzerland KM# 40a.4