Ten Francs 2016 Edelweiss, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Ten Francs 2016 Edelweiss, Coin from Switzerland
CoinTen Francs 2016 Edelweiss

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 2016 Ten Francs collector coin is dedicated to the Edelweiss flower. It is part of a small series on Alpine flora.

The obverse of the coin is common with the other commemorative 10 Francs and is designed by Roland Hirter; the reverse is designed by Jenny Leibundgut and features an edelweiss.

Leontopodium nivale, commonly called edelweiss, is a mountain flower belonging to the daisy or sunflower family Asteraceae. The plant prefers rocky limestone places at about 1,800 - 3,000 metres altitude. It is non-toxic and has been used in traditional medicine as a remedy against abdominal and respiratory diseases. It is a scarce, short-lived flower found in remote mountain areas and has been used as a symbol for alpinism, for rugged beauty and purity associated with the Alps and Carpathians, and as a national symbol, especially of Romania, Austria, Bulgaria, Slovenia, and Switzerland. According to folk tradition, giving this flower to a loved one is a promise of dedication.

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 Mintage36,000
Obverse
Switzerland / Ten Francs 2016 Edelweiss - 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 2016 is around below right in the outer ring.

Obverse Inscription 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2016
Reverse
Switzerland / Ten Francs 2016 Edelweiss - reverse photo

The centre of the reverse shows an edelweiss flower. The inscription reads FLORA ALPINA (Alpine flora in Italian).

The name of the designer LEIBUNDGUT is in the right field of the outer ring.

Reverse Inscription FLORA ALPINA
EdgeMilled interrupted (segmented reeding)Edge InscriptionNone
Notes

Mintage consists of 30,000 coins in uncirculated grade plus 6,000 proofs. Some were issued in the year's uncirculated and proof mint sets and some were distributed individually.

Ten Francs 2016 Edelweiss: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in mint sets
Mintage Issued: 10,000 (included in total)
In Set Schweizer Münzen Stempelglanz / Monnaies suisses Fleur de coin - Swissmint 2016, mintage 10,000
8 coins: 10 Fr. Edelweiss, 5 Fr., 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c.
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 6,000 (included in total)
Details

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 2016, mintage 3,000
8 coins: 10 Fr. Edelweiss, 5 Fr., 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c.
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Ten Francs 2016 Edelweiss: Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeTen Francs, Bimetallic
Issued2016
SymbolSwiss Cross
Face Value10 (x Franc)
Total Mintage36,000
CurrentYes
MaterialBimetallic
DesignerRoland Hirter, Jenny Leibundgut
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.000 mm
Mass15.000 g
OCC IDANMQ-EPYC-VZWV-OJYG
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Ten Francs 2016 Edelweiss: Photos
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2016 - Alpine Edelweiss
Copyright: Swissmint
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2016 - Alpine Edelweiss
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Ten Francs 2016 Edelweiss: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSwitzerland KM# 159