Ten Francs 2022 Morteratsch Glacier, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Ten Francs 2022 Morteratsch Glacier, Coin from Switzerland
CoinTen Francs 2022 Morteratsch Glacier

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 2022 Ten Francs collector coin features the Morteratsch Glacier, which is one of the larger glaciers in the Alps and the largest in the Bernina region in the canton of Graubünden. It reached its peak extension during the Little Ice Age of the mid-19th century. Since then it has receded by about three kilometres in length, shrinking by about 40 metres a year. Melt water flowing down has caused several caves to form under the glacier tongue, the end of the ice stream. In earlier times, the Morteratsch glacier stretched down into the valley, which is why it is also referred to as a valley glacier. Today, the glacier is still around 6.4km long and covers an area of 14.9km2.

The coin is the first in a planned mini-series of three issues featuring Swiss glaciers.

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 Mintage20,300
Obverse
Switzerland / Ten Francs 2022 Morteratsch Glacier - 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 2022 is around below right in the outer ring.

Obverse Inscription 10 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2022
Reverse
Switzerland / Ten Francs 2022 Morteratsch Glacier - reverse photo

The centre of the reverse shows a view towards the Morteratsch glacier.

Around above, the inscription VADRET DA below which MORTERATSCH above which in smaller letters enturn il 1820 (Morteratsch Glacier around 1820, in Romansh language).

The name of the designer MASCHERINI is around below right.

In the rim below, the Coat of Arms of the Confederation of Switzerland, the canton of Grisons, and of the municipality of Pontresina.

Reverse Inscription VADRET DA MORTERATSCH enturn il 1820
EdgeMilled interrupted (segmented reeding)Edge InscriptionNone
Notes

Mintage consists of 15,800 coins in uncirculated grade plus 4,500 proofs. Some were issued in the year's uncirculated and proof mint sets and some were distributed individually.

In the mintage spreadsheet, Swissmint lists total mintage as 13,300 but this doesn't seem to include the coins in sets, unlike the mintages listed for coins in previous years.

Ten Francs 2022 Morteratsch Glacier: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in mint set
Mintage Issued: 5,000 (included in total)
In Set Schweizer Münzen Stempelglanz / Monnaies suisses Fleur de coin - Swissmint 2022 (BU Set), mintage 5,000
8 coins: 10 Fr. Morteratsch Glacier, 5 Fr., 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c.
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in blister card
Mintage Issued: 10,800 (included in total)
Details

Swissmint Article no. 510000615. Date of issue: 13 January 2022. Issue price: 20.00 CHF.

Variety Proof in mint set
Mintage Issued: 2,000 (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 2022, mintage 2,000
8 coins: 10 Fr. Morteratsch Glacier, 5 Fr., 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c.
Variety Proof in presentation box
Mintage Issued: 2,250 (included in total)
Details

Proof, with numbered certificate.

Swissmint Article no. 510000617. Date of issue: 13 January 2022. 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. 510000618. Date of issue: 13 January 2022. Issue price: 55.00 CHF.

Ten Francs 2022 Morteratsch Glacier: References to Information Used
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Ten Francs 2022 Morteratsch Glacier: Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeTen Francs, Bimetallic
Issued2022
SymbolSwiss Cross
Face Value10 (x Franc)
Total Mintage20,300
CurrentYes
MaterialBimetallic
DesignerRemo Mascherini
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.000 mm
Mass15.000 g
OCC IDRNAZ-OGWC-BJKJ-OXJL
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Ten Francs 2022 Morteratsch Glacier: Photos
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Morteratsch, BIC uncirculated
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Morteratsch, BIC uncirculated
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