Ten Francs 2012 Cow Fighting, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Ten Francs 2012 Cow Fighting, Coin from Switzerland
CoinTen Francs 2012 Cow Fighting

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 2012 Ten Francs collector coin highlights the Cow Fighting (German: Ringkuhkämpfe) tradition. 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 Dominique Studer.

Combat de Reines or Swiss Cow fighting, is a traditional event held mostly in the Swiss canton of Valais, in which a cow fights another cow. Each year, the Swiss canton of Valais hosts a series of cow fights known as combats de reines, which began in the 1920s and has drawn as many as 50,000 spectators in a year.

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 Mintage52,500
Switzerland / Ten Francs 2012 Cow Fighting - 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 2012 is around below right in the outer ring.

Obverse Inscription 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2012
Switzerland / Ten Francs 2012 Cow Fighting - reverse photo

The centre of the reverse shows two cows with horns locked in fight; they have large cow bells on decorated collars. Around below in the outer ring of the coin, the inscription COMBATS DE REINES, which is the French name of the cow fighting tradition.

The signature of the designer DOMSTUDER is in the upper right part of the outer ring.

Reverse Inscription COMBATS DE REINES
EdgeMilled interrupted (segmented reeding)Edge InscriptionNone

Mintage consists of 44,000 coins in uncirculated grade plus 8,500 proofs. Some were issued in the year's uncirculated and proof mint sets and some were distributed individually.

Ten Francs 2012 Cow Fighting: Known varieties
Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: 14,000 (included in total)
In Set Schweizer Münzen Stempelglanz / Monnaies suisses Fleur de coin - Swissmint 2012, mintage 14,000
8 coins: 10 Fr. Cow Fighting, 5 Fr., 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c.
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 8,500 (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 2012, mintage 4,000
8 coins: 10 Fr. Cow Fighting, 5 Fr., 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c.
Ten Francs 2012 Cow Fighting: References to Information Used
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Ten Francs 2012 Cow Fighting: Details
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeTen Francs, Bimetallic
SymbolSwiss Cross
Face Value10 (x Franc)
Total Mintage52,500
DesignerRoland Hirter, Dominique Studer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.000 mm
Mass15.000 g
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Ten Francs 2012 Cow Fighting: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSwitzerland KM# 142