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
Switzerland / Ten Francs 2016 Edelweiss - obverse photo

The obverse, designed by Roland Hirter, 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
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

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)

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.
Ten Francs 2016 Edelweiss: References to Information Used
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All (21) coins of type: Ten Francs, Bimetallic
Coin NameMintageLegend
Ten Francs 2004 Matterhorn 111,000 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2004
Ten Francs 2005 Jungfrau 89,500 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2005
Ten Francs 2006 Piz Bernina 75,000 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2006
Ten Francs 2007 Ibex 89,300 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2007
Ten Francs 2008 Mountain Eagle 76,300 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2008
Ten Francs 2009 Red Deer 71,800 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2009
Ten Francs 2010 Alpine Marmot 71,000 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2010
Ten Francs 2011 Bern Onion Market 65,000 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2011
Ten Francs 2012 Cow Fighting 52,500 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2012
Ten Francs 2013 Silvesterchlausen 49,500 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2013
Ten Francs 2014 Gansabhauet Sursee 44,664 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2014
Ten Francs 2015 Return from the Alpine Pastures 47,000 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2015
Ten Francs 2016 Edelweiss 36,000 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2016
Ten Francs 2017 Gentiana 34,500 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2017
Ten Francs 2018 Silver Thistle 34,500 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2018
Ten Francs 2019 Roe Deer 33,500 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2019
Ten Francs 2020 Hare 33,500 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2020
Ten Francs 2021 Fox 33,500 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2021
Ten Francs 2022 Morteratsch Glacier 20,300 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2022
Ten Francs 2023 Rosenlaui Glacier 20,750 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2023
Ten Francs 2024 Rhône Glacier 15,500 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2024
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Ten Francs 2016 Edelweiss: Details
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeTen Francs, Bimetallic
SymbolSwiss Cross
Face Value10 (x Franc)
Total Mintage36,000
DesignerRoland Hirter, Jenny Leibundgut
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.0000 mm
Mass15.0000 g
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Ten Francs 2016 Edelweiss: Photos
Ten Francs 2016 Edelweiss: Photo Coin, Switzerland, Flora Alpina 10 Francs - 2016 / thumbnail Coin, Switzerland, Flora Alpina 10 Francs - 2016
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Ten Francs 2016 Edelweiss: Photo Coin, Switzerland, Flora Alpina 10 Francs - 2016 / thumbnail Coin, Switzerland, Flora Alpina 10 Francs - 2016
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Ten Francs 2016 Edelweiss: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSwitzerland KM# 159