Ten Francs 2013 Silvesterchlausen, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Ten Francs 2013 Silvesterchlausen, Coin from Switzerland
CoinTen Francs 2013 Silvesterchlausen

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 2013 Ten Francs collector coin celebrates the Silvesterchlausen tradition (Italian: Capodanno silvestre). 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 Sylvia Bühler.

Silvesterklaus is a masked person taking part in Saint Sylvester's Day festivities in Appenzell, Switzerland, and thus contributing to maintain the Chlausen tradition. A Silvesterklaus or New Year’s Mummer (Chlaus in Swiss German) is dressed up as a Saint Sylvester or New Year’s Eve character. In the Reformed half-canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden, the turn of the year is still celebrated in this way.

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 Mintage49,500
Switzerland / Ten Francs 2013 Silvesterchlausen - 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 2013 is around below right in the outer ring.

Obverse Inscription 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2013
Switzerland / Ten Francs 2013 Silvesterchlausen - reverse photo

The centre of the reverse shows two masked figures walking, carrying walking sticks, one of them with a large cow bell around its neck. Around left in the outer ring of the coin, the inscription SILVESTERCHLAUSEN, which is the German name of the tradition.

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

EdgeMilled interrupted (segmented reeding)Edge InscriptionNone

Mintage consists of 42,000 coins in uncirculated grade plus 7,500 proofs. Some were issued in the year's uncirculated and proof mint sets and some were distributed individually.

Ten Francs 2013 Silvesterchlausen: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in mint sets
Mintage Issued: 12,000 (included in total)
In Set Schweizer Münzen Stempelglanz / Monnaies suisses Fleur de coin - Swissmint 2013, mintage 12,000
8 coins: 10 Fr. Silvesterchlausen, 5 Fr., 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c.
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 7,500 (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 2013, mintage 3,500
8 coins: 10 Fr. Silvesterchlausen, 5 Fr., 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c.
Variety Trial Piece
Mintage Issued: 600

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 2013 Silvesterchlausen: References to Information Used
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Ten Francs 2013 Silvesterchlausen: Details
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeTen Francs, Bimetallic
SymbolSwiss Cross
Face Value10 (x Franc)
Total Mintage49,500
DesignerRoland Hirter, Sylvia Bühler
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.000 mm
Mass15.000 g
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Ten Francs 2013 Silvesterchlausen: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSwitzerland KM# 146