Ten Francs 2014 Gansabhauet Sursee, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Ten Francs 2014 Gansabhauet Sursee, Coin from Switzerland
CoinTen Francs 2014 Gansabhauet Sursee

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 2014 Ten Francs collector coin highlights the Gansabhauet Sursee 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 Thyl Manuel Eisenmann.

Gansabhauet ("cutting down the goose from a rope") is an archaic tradition in the country town Sursee near Lucerne, central Switzerland. The yearly event takes place in front of the old town hall at Rathausplatz every year on Martini (St. Martin's day, November, 11th) at 3 pm. Young people try their skills and fortune cutting a goose from a rope. The tradition is related to the fact that interests and taxes were due on Martini day in the middle ages and farmers had to deliver 10% of their crops in town. Cutting a goose from a rope may sound trivial, but the rules of the game are as follows:
- participants have to wear a blindfold and a mask symbolizing the sun,
- the sword is not too sharp,
- every participant has one try only,
- there are about 80 participants and two geese only,
- the sequence of participants is drawn by lot.

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 Mintage44,664
Switzerland / Ten Francs 2014 Gansabhauet Sursee - 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 2014 is around below right in the outer ring.

Obverse Inscription 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2014
Switzerland / Ten Francs 2014 Gansabhauet Sursee - reverse photo

The centre of the reverse shows a masked figure wearing a Sun mask and wielding a sword, preparing to cut a goose of the rope from which it is hanging; in the background, old buildings in the town of Sursee.

Around below in the outer ring of the coin, the inscription GANSABHAUET, which is the name of the tradition.

The name of the designer T. EISENMANN is in the lower left part of the outer ring.

Reverse Inscription GANSABHAUET
EdgeMilled interrupted (segmented reeding)Edge InscriptionNone

Mintage consists of 37,664 coins in uncirculated grade plus 7,000 proofs. Some were issued in the year's uncirculated and proof mint sets and some were distributed individually.

Ten Francs 2014 Gansabhauet Sursee: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in mint sets
Mintage Issued: 8,500 (included in total)
In Set Schweizer Münzen Stempelglanz / Monnaies suisses Fleur de coin - Swissmint 2014, mintage 8,500
8 coins: 10 Fr. Gansabhauet Sursee, 5 Fr., 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c.
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 7,000 (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 2014, mintage 3,000
8 coins: 10 Fr. Gansabhauet Sursee, 5 Fr., 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c.
Ten Francs 2014 Gansabhauet Sursee: References to Information Used
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Ten Francs 2014 Gansabhauet Sursee: Details
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeTen Francs, Bimetallic
SymbolSwiss Cross
Face Value10 (x Franc)
Total Mintage44,664
DesignerRoland Hirter, Thyl Manuel Eisenmann
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.000 mm
Mass15.000 g
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Ten Francs 2014 Gansabhauet Sursee: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSwitzerland KM# 150