Ten Francs 2004 Matterhorn, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Ten Francs 2004 Matterhorn, Coin from Switzerland
CoinTen Francs 2004 Matterhorn

The Ten 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. 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 normal circulating 5 FR denomination was supplemented by circulating commemorative one-year type 5 Franc coins in silver and copper-nickel.

In 1999, Swissimint changed the concept and started striking non-circulating commemoratives for collectors only, which were bimetallic 5 Francs at first. 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, such as those listed below.

The 10 Francs are bimetallic and have the same dimensions as the bimetallic 5 Francs, but their colours are reversed: with an Aluminium Bronze outer ring (92% copper, 6% Aluminium, 2% Nickel) and a copper-nickel inner circle (75% copper, 25% nickel). They are issued in topical series, celebrating various aspects of Swiss heritage or nature.

The 2004 Ten Francs collector coin shows the mount of Matterhorn. It is part of a series about Swiss mountains (German: Schweizer Berge; French: Montagnes suisses).

The obverse of the coin is common with the other commemorative 10 Francs and is designed by Roland Hirter; the reverse is designed by Stephan Bundi.

The Matterhorn (Italian: Cervino; French: Cervin) is a mountain of the Alps, straddling the main watershed and border between Switzerland and Italy. It is a large, near-symmetric pyramidal peak in the extended Monte Rosa area of the Pennine Alps, whose summit is 4,478 metres high, making it one of the highest summits in the Alps and Europe.

Bimetallic 10 Franc coins are legal tender but are issued in small quantities for collectors only and do not circulate.

MintSwissmint Mint MarkLetter B Total Mintage111,000
Switzerland / Ten Francs 2004 Matterhorn - obverse photo

The obverse shows the value 10 in the lowest part of the inner circle, and denomination FR below that, in the outer ring. The mint mark B of Swissmint (ex Bern Mint) is between them, in the inner circle.

The legend CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA (translated from Latin: Confederation of Switzerland) is separated - the first word is around above left in the outer ring, and the second word is around above right in the inner circle.

There is a small Swiss Cross in the upper part of the inner circle, below the H of HELVETICA.

The date 2004 is around below right in the outer ring.

Obverse Inscription 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2004
Switzerland / Ten Francs 2004 Matterhorn - reverse photo

The centre of the obverse shows the peak of Matterhorn. Around above in the outer ring of the coin, its name in German and French: MATTERHORN · CERVIN.

The name of the designer BUNDI is in small letters in the lower right of the outer ring.

Reverse Inscription MATTERHORN · CERVIN
EdgeMilled interrupted (segmented reeding)Edge InscriptionNone

Mintage consists of 98,000 coins in uncirculated grade plus 13,000 proofs. Some were issued in the year's uncirculated and proof mint sets and some were distributed individually.

See also

There is also a gold 50 Fr coin with the same design.

Ten Francs 2004 Matterhorn: Known varieties
Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: 16,000 (included in total)
In Set Schweizer Münzen Stempelglanz / Monnaies suisses Fleur de coin - Swissmint 2004, mintage 16,000
9 coins: 10 Fr. Matterhorn, 5 Fr. Burkhard, 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c., 1 c.
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 13,000 (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 2004, mintage 5,000
9 coins: 10 Fr. Matterhorn, 5 Fr. Burkhard, 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").

Ten Francs 2004 Matterhorn: References to Information Used
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Swissmint Mintage link
All (20) coins of type: Ten Francs, Bimetallic
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Royal Mint
Ten Francs 2004 Matterhorn: Details
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeTen Francs, Bimetallic
SymbolSwiss Cross
Face Value10 (x Franc)
Total Mintage111,000
DesignerRoland Hirter, Stephan Bundi
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.0000 mm
Mass15.0000 g
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Ten Francs 2004 Matterhorn: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSwitzerland KM# 107