Ten Francs 2021 Fox, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Ten Francs 2021 Fox, Coin from Switzerland
CoinTen Francs 2021 Fox

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 2021 Ten Francs collector coin is dedicated to the Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes). 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 red fox.

The red fox (Vulpes vulpes) belongs to the family of dog-like predators and is unmistakably similar to both dogs and wolves. Foxes can be found on almost all continents, and the forest has long since ceased to be their only habitat. The red fox is known for its twilight and nocturnal forays through the front gardens of big cities. Its eyes can clearly see its surroundings in the dark, by rotating its ears it can locate a squeaking mouse from a distance of more than 100m and its unique sense of smell is 400 times stronger than ours. These attributes make it an adaptable survivor who likes to rummage around our bins for food.

An adult fox's body is just under 1m long and can reach a height of up to 50cm due to its relatively short legs. Its modest body weight of 6kg to 7kg is camouflaged by its thick fur. In January a dog fox looks for a suitable vixen. Female foxes gives birth to 3 to 5 pups after a gestation period of 50 days. During rearing, the male foxes act as providers by bringing food to the den. In addition to mice, insects and berries, a hare or a young deer are also on the menu.

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
Switzerland / Ten Francs 2021 Fox - 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 2021 is around below right in the outer ring.

Obverse Inscription 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2021
Switzerland / Ten Francs 2021 Fox - reverse photo

The centre of the reverse shows a red fox. The inscription below reads VULPES (the species name in Latin).

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

Reverse Inscription VULPES
EdgeMilled interrupted (segmented reeding)Edge InscriptionNone

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 2021 Fox: 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 2021, mintage 8,000
8 coins: 10 Fr. Fox, 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)

Swissmint Article no. GM2111BIUNZ. Date of issue: 21 January 2021. Issue price: 20.00 CHF.

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

Swissmint Article no. GM2111BIUNZF. Date of issue: 21 January 2021. Issue price: 30.00 CHF.

Variety Proof in mint set
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 2021, mintage 2,500
8 coins: 10 Fr. Fox, 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)

Proof, with numbered certificate.

Swissmint Article no. GM2111BIPP. Date of issue: 21 January 2021. Issue price: 45.00 CHF.

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

Proof, with numbered certificate signed by the artist.

Swissmint Article no. GM2111BIPPS. Date of issue: 21 January 2021. Issue price: 55.00 CHF.

Ten Francs 2021 Fox: References to Information Used
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Ten Francs 2021 Fox: Details
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeTen Francs, Bimetallic
SymbolSwiss Cross
Face Value10 (x Franc)
Total Mintage33,500
DesignerRoland Hirter, Naomi Giewald
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.000 mm
Mass15.000 g
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Fox, BIC uncirculated coin 2021
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