Ten Francs 2011 Bern Onion Market, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Ten Francs 2011 Bern Onion Market, Coin from Switzerland
CoinTen Francs 2011 Bern Onion Market

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 2011 Ten Francs collector coin celebrates the Bern Onion Market (German: Berner Zibelemärit). It is part of the second series about Swiss customs (German: Schweizer Bräuche; French: Coutumes suisses); the first series was in the 5 Francs denomination.

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

The Zibelemärit (in Bernese German dialect) is an annual market with aspects of a fair in the old town of Bern, Switzerland. It takes place the fourth Monday in November. Historical research indicates that the Zibelemärit originated in the 1850s with marmettes, farmer's wives from around Murten, coming to Bern at around St. Martin's Day to sell their produce; however, a persistent local legend holds that the Zibelemärit is a much older festivity. According to this legend, the Bernese awarded the people from the nearby city of Fribourg the right to sell onions in the city in reward for their aid after a fire destroyed much of Bern in 1405.

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 Mintage65,000
Switzerland / Ten Francs 2011 Bern Onion Market - 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 2011 is around below right in the outer ring.

Obverse Inscription 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2011
Switzerland / Ten Francs 2011 Bern Onion Market - reverse photo

The centre of the reverse shows a large bear (the symbol of Bern) with a wagging tongue, looking at a hanging braid of onions. Around above in the outer ring of the coin, the inscription BERNER ZIBELEMÄRIT, meaning Bern Onion Market in the Bern dialect of German.

The name of the designer Haenni is in small hand-written letters in the lowest part of the inner circle.

Reverse Inscription BERNER ZIBELEMÄRIT
EdgeMilled interrupted (segmented reeding)Edge InscriptionNone

Mintage consists of 56,000 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 2011 Bern Onion Market: Known varieties
Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: 14,000 (included in total)
In Set Schweizer Münzen Stempelglanz / Monnaies suisses Fleur de coin - Swissmint 2011, mintage 14,000
8 coins: 10 Fr. Bern Onion Market, 5 Fr., 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 2011, mintage 4,000
8 coins: 10 Fr. Bern Onion Market, 5 Fr., 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c.
Ten Francs 2011 Bern Onion Market: References to Information Used
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All (20) coins of type: Ten Francs, Bimetallic
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Ten Francs 2011 Bern Onion Market: Details
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeTen Francs, Bimetallic
SymbolSwiss Cross
Face Value10 (x Franc)
Total Mintage65,000
DesignerRoland Hirter, Stefan Haenni
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.0000 mm
Mass15.0000 g
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Ten Francs 2011 Bern Onion Market: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSwitzerland KM# 138