Ten Francs 2020 Hare, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Ten Francs 2020 Hare, Coin from Switzerland
CoinTen Francs 2020 Hare

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 2020 Ten Francs collector coin is dedicated to the Hare (German: Hase). It is part of a series on Alpine fauna.

The obverse of the coin is common with the other commemorative 10 Francs and is designed by Roland Hirter; the reverse is designed by Naomi Giewald and features a hare.

Hares and jackrabbits are leporids belonging to the genus Lepus. Hares are classified in the same family as rabbits. They are similar in size and form to rabbits and have similar herbivorous diets, but generally have longer ears and live solitarily or in pairs. Also unlike rabbits, their young are able to fend for themselves shortly after birth rather than emerging blind and helpless. Most are fast runners. Hare species are native to Africa, Eurasia and North America.

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 Mintage33,500
Obverse
Switzerland / Ten Francs 2020 Hare - 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 2020 is around below right in the outer ring.

Obverse Inscription 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2020
Reverse
Switzerland / Ten Francs 2020 Hare - reverse photo

The centre of the reverse shows a hare. The inscription below reads LEPUS (the species name in Latin).

The name of the designer GIEWALD is in the lower left field of the outer ring. The outer ring is decorated with hare tracks.

Reverse Inscription LEPUS
EdgeMilled interrupted (segmented reeding)Edge InscriptionNone
Notes

Mintage consists of 28,000 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 2020 Hare: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in mint set
Mintage Issued: 8,000 (included in total)
In Set Schweizer Münzen Stempelglanz / Monnaies suisses Fleur de coin - Swissmint 2020, mintage 8,000
8 coins: 10 Fr. Hare, 5 Fr., 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c.
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in blister card
Mintage Issued: 19,000 (included in total)
Details

Swissmint Article no. GM2011BIUNZ. Date of issue: 23 January 2020. Issue price: 20.00 CHF.

Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in folder
Mintage Issued: 1,000 (included in total)
Details

Swissmint Article no. GM2011BIUNZF. Date of issue: 23 January 2020. Issue price: 30.00 CHF.

Variety Proof in mint set
Mintage Issued: 2,500 (included in total)
Details

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 2020, mintage 2,500
8 coins: 10 Fr. Hare, 5 Fr., 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c.
Variety Proof in presentation box
Mintage Issued: 2,750 (included in total)
Details

Proof, with numbered certificate.

Swissmint Article no. GM2011BIPP. Date of issue: 23 January 2020. Issue price: 45.00 CHF.

Variety Proof in presentation box, signed
Mintage Issued: 250 (included in total)
Details

Proof, with numbered certificate signed by the artist.

Swissmint Article no. GM2011BIPPS. Date of issue: 23 January 2020. Issue price: 55.00 CHF.

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Ten Francs 2020 Hare: Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeTen Francs, Bimetallic
Issued2020
SymbolSwiss Cross
Face Value10 (x Franc)
Total Mintage33,500
CurrentYes
MaterialBimetallic
DesignerRoland Hirter, Naomi Giewald
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.000 mm
Mass15.000 g
OCC IDPMVR-OAPC-NWYD-ENQG
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