Ten Francs 2008 Mountain Eagle, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Ten Francs 2008 Mountain Eagle, Coin from Switzerland
CoinTen Francs 2008 Mountain Eagle

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 2008 Ten Francs collector coin shows a Mountain Eagle (German: Steinadler; French: Aigle royal; Italian: Aquila reale), also known as Golden Eagle. It is part of a series about animals in the Swiss National Park (German: Schweizerischer Nationalpark; French: Parc National Suisse).

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

The Swiss National Park is located in the Western Rhaetian Alps, in eastern Switzerland. It is within the canton of Graubünden, between Zernez, S-chanf, Scuol, and the Fuorn Pass in the Engadin valley on the border with Italy. It is part of the worldwide UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Originally distributed throughout Central Europe, the golden eagle was hunted by man for generations, reaching its lowest point at the beginning of the 20th century. Strict protection measures saved it from being exterminated. With a wing span of 2.2 m the golden eagle is an impressive sight. In the National Park, the “king of the air” makes the most of an ideal habitat. Prey is plentiful, and there is a variety of good nesting sites.

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 Mintage76,300
Switzerland / Ten Francs 2008 Mountain Eagle - 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 2008 is around below right in the outer ring.

Obverse Inscription 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2008
Switzerland / Ten Francs 2008 Mountain Eagle - reverse photo

The centre of the reverse shows a mountain eagle in flight, swooping down with open talons. Around below in the outer ring of the coin, the inscription PARC NATIONAL SUISSE, meaning Swiss National Park in French.

The name of the designer N. HEEB is in small letters in the left part of the inner circle.

Reverse Inscription PARC NATIONAL SUISSE
EdgeMilled interrupted (segmented reeding)Edge InscriptionNone

Mintage consists of 66,000 coins in uncirculated grade plus 10,300 proofs. Some were issued in the year's uncirculated and proof mint sets and some were distributed individually.

Ten Francs 2008 Mountain Eagle: Known varieties
Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: 13,880
In Set Schweizer Münzen Stempelglanz / Monnaies suisses Fleur de coin - Swissmint 2008, mintage 13,880
8 coins: 10 Fr. Mountain Eagle, 5 Fr. Burkhard, 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c.
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 10,300 (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 2008, mintage 4,000
8 coins: 10 Fr. Mountain Eagle, 5 Fr. Burkhard, 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 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 2008 Mountain Eagle: References to Information Used
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All (20) coins of type: Ten Francs, Bimetallic
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Royal Mint
Ten Francs 2008 Mountain Eagle: Details
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeTen Francs, Bimetallic
SymbolSwiss Cross
Face Value10 (x Franc)
Total Mintage76,300
DesignerRoland Hirter, Niklaus Heeb
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.0000 mm
Mass15.0000 g
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Ten Francs 2008 Mountain Eagle: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSwitzerland KM# 126