Ten Francs 2018 Silver Thistle, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Ten Francs 2018 Silver Thistle, Coin from Switzerland
CoinTen Francs 2018 Silver Thistle

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 2018 Ten Francs collector coin is dedicated to the Silver Thistle flower (German: Silberdistel). 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 a silver thistle.

Carlina acaulis, the stemless carline thistle, dwarf carline thistle, or silver thistle, is a perennial dicotyledonous flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to alpine regions of central and southern Europe. The specific name acaulis (New Latin for "without a stem," from Latin caulis "stem" or "stalk") and common names are descriptive of the manner in which its flower head rests directly upon a basal leaf rosette. The flowers are produced in a large (up to 10 cm) flowerhead of silvery-white ray florets around a central disc. The disc florets are tubular and yellow-brown in colour. To protect the pollen, the head closes in wet weather, a phenomenon folklore holds to presage forthcoming rain. The flowering time is between August and September.

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 Mintage34,500
Switzerland / Ten Francs 2018 Silver Thistle - 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 2018 is around below right in the outer ring.

Obverse Inscription 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2018
Switzerland / Ten Francs 2018 Silver Thistle - reverse photo

The centre of the reverse shows a silver thistle 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 29,000 coins in uncirculated grade plus 5,500 proofs. Some were issued in the year's uncirculated and proof mint sets and some were distributed individually.

Ten Francs 2018 Silver Thistle: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in sets
Mintage Issued: 9,000 (included in total)
In Set Schweizer Münzen Stempelglanz / Monnaies suisses Fleur de coin - Swissmint 2018, mintage 9,000
8 coins: 10 Fr. Silver Thistle, 5 Fr., 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c.
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated
Mintage Issued: 19,000

Swissmint Article no. GM1811BIUNZ. Date of issue: 25 January 2018. Issue price: 20.00 CHF.

Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in folder
Mintage Issued: 1,000

Swissmint Article no. GM1811BIUNZF. Date of issue: 25 January 2018. Issue price: 30.00 CHF.

Variety Proof, in sets
Mintage Issued: 2,500 (included in total)

Proof coins ("PP" from "Polierte Platte" in German) distributed in the year's mint sets.

In Set Schweizer Münzen Polierte Platte / Monnaies suisses Flan bruni - Swissmint 2018, mintage 2,500
8 coins: 10 Fr. Silver Thistle, 5 Fr., 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c.
Variety Proof in presentation box
Mintage Issued: 2,750

Proof, with numbered certificate.

Swissmint Article no. GM1811BIPP. Date of issue: 25 January 2018. Issue price: 45.00 CHF.

Variety Proof in presentation box, signed
Mintage Issued: 250

Proof, with numbered certificate signed by the artist.

Swissmint Article no. GM1811BIPPS. Date of issue: 25 January 2018. Issue price: 55.00 CHF.

Ten Francs 2018 Silver Thistle: References to Information Used
Swissmint Mint link
Swissmint Mintage link
All (20) coins of type: Ten Francs, Bimetallic
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Ten Francs 2018 Silver Thistle: Details
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeTen Francs, Bimetallic
SymbolSwiss Cross
Face Value10 (x Franc)
Total Mintage34,500
DesignerRoland Hirter, Jenny Leibundgut
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.0000 mm
Mass15.0000 g
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Ten Francs 2018 Silver Thistle: Photos
2018 - Carline thistle
Copyright: Swissmint
2018 - Carline thistle
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Ten Francs 2018 Silver Thistle: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSwitzerland KM# 169