Ten Francs 2010 Alpine Marmot, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Ten Francs 2010 Alpine Marmot, Coin from Switzerland
CoinTen Francs 2010 Alpine Marmot

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 2010 Ten Francs collector coin shows an Alpine Marmot (German: Murmeltier; French: Marmotte; Italian: Marmota). 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.

The alpine marmot (Marmota marmota) is a large ground-dwelling squirrel, from the genus of marmots. It is found in high numbers in mountainous areas of central and southern Europe, at heights between 800 and 3,200 m in the Alps, Carpathians, Tatras and Northern Apennines.

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 Mintage71,000
Switzerland / Ten Francs 2010 Alpine Marmot - 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 2010 is around below right in the outer ring.

Obverse Inscription 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2010
Switzerland / Ten Francs 2010 Alpine Marmot - reverse photo

The centre of the reverse shows two Alpine marmots, one of them standing upright. Around above in the outer ring of the coin, the inscription PARCO NAZIONALE SVIZZERO, meaning Swiss National Park in Italian.

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

EdgeMilled interrupted (segmented reeding)Edge InscriptionNone

Mintage consists of 62,000 coins in uncirculated grade plus 9,000 proofs. Some were issued in the year's uncirculated and proof mint sets and some were distributed individually.

Ten Francs 2010 Alpine Marmot: Known varieties
Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: 14,000 (included in total)
In Set Schweizer Münzen Stempelglanz / Monnaies suisses Fleur de coin - Swissmint 2010, mintage 14,000
8 coins: 10 Fr. Alpine Marmot, 5 Fr. Burkhard, 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c.
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 9,000 (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 2010, mintage 4,000
8 coins: 10 Fr. Alpine Marmot, 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 2010 Alpine Marmot: References to Information Used
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Swissmint Mintage link
All (20) coins of type: Ten Francs, Bimetallic
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Ten Francs 2010 Alpine Marmot: Details
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeTen Francs, Bimetallic
SymbolSwiss Cross
Face Value10 (x Franc)
Total Mintage71,000
DesignerRoland Hirter, Niklaus Heeb
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.0000 mm
Mass15.0000 g
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Ten Francs 2010 Alpine Marmot: Photos
2010 - Swiss National Park - Alpine Marmot
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2010 - Swiss National Park - Alpine Marmot
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Ten Francs 2010 Alpine Marmot: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSwitzerland KM# 134