Two Francs 2013, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Two Francs 2013, Coin from Switzerland
CoinTwo Francs 2013

The Two Francs coin is a circulating denomination of the Swiss Franc. Given that Switzerland has four official languages, it has three different names: Franken in German, franc in French and Romansh, and franco in Italian. It is worth noting that the denomination is a "half franc" and not "50 centimes" for historic reasons, being initially modelled on a denomination of the French franc which was a "demi franc", and to distinguish it from the smaller denominations; initially, all "francs" (including the half franc) were full-bodied silver, while the centimes were either billon (low-grade silver) or base metal.

The first version of the one franc coin featuring a seated figure of Helvetia was designed by Friedrich Fisch and engraved by Antoine Bovy. The reverse shows the value, a numeral 2, and a language-neutral abbreviation of the denomination, Fr. within a wreath whose left part consists of oak branches and the right part of various Alpine flowers. This original reverse has remained unchanged and is still used on current coins. This version was heavier than current coins (10 grams) and made of 0.900 silver. It was demonetised in two stages - 1st January 1869 for coins issued 1850-1857, then 1st January 1878 for coins issued in 1860-1861.

In 1875, the obverse was changed to a new design by Albert Walch featuring a Standing Helvetia. The coins were issued to the specifications of the Latin Monetary Union, so the metal was somewhat debased to 0.835 silver (83.5% silver, 16.5% copper). This second silver version of the Two Francs was issued until 1967 and was demonetised on 1st April 1971.

Current Two Francs coins are made of cupro-nickel (75% copper, 25% nickel); this version was first issued in 1968 and is still currently produced. Coins issued in 2013 have been in circulation for six years.

MintSwissmint Mintage12,023,500 (12.0 million)
Obverse

The obverse, which has remained unchanged from 1875 to the present, features Helvetia standing on a platform, her head facing to the left. In her right hand (at the left), she holds a lance, and with her left (at the right), she props up a shield with the Swiss Cross at centre. In exergue is the legend HELVETIA.

There are 23 five-pointed stars along the rim of the coin, going from the lower left to lower right boundaries of the obverse. These represent the 20 full Swiss cantons and the six half-cantons, which are collectively represented by the three remaining stars. The tip of Helvetia's lance extends to the rim and separates the ninth and tenth stars in the sequence. Nine of the stars are engraved up to the lance, two between the lance and Helvetia's face, and 12 to the right of the central allegorical figure.

The engraver's signature, A.BOVY INCT. (an abbreviation for the Latin text "Antoine Bovy incidit", meaning "engraved by Antoine Bovy), is located around below, displayed counter-clockwise in small letters. It is split in two by the legend: "A.BOVY" appears to the left of "HELVETIA", and "INCT." to the right.

Obverse Inscription HELVETIA
Reverse

The reverse, which has remained unchanged since 1850, shows the value - a numeral 2, and a language-neutral abbreviation of the denomination, Fr., above the date: 2013 within a wreath whose left part consists of oak branches and the right part of various Alpine flowers.

Below the ribbon of the wreath is the mint mark B of Swissmint (formerly known as the Bern Mint, then the Federal Mint of Switzerland).

Reverse Inscription 2 Fr. 2013
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The Swissmint report lists mintage of 12,023,500 and also lists 12,000 "Stempelglanz" (brilliant uncirculated) coins in the year's mint sets and 8,000 in "baby sets" plus 3,500 "Polierte Platte" (proofs) in the year's proof sets. It is not explicitly stated that coins in sets have been calculated into the main figure, but it seems to be the case.

Two Francs 2013: Known varieties
Variety In Sets
Mintage 12,000 (included in total)
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated ("STGL" from "Stempelglanz" in German) coins in the year's mint sets.

Variety In Baby Sets
Mintage 8,000 (included in total)
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated ("STGL" from "Stempelglanz" in German) coins in the year's "Baby" mint sets.

Variety Proof
Mintage 3,500 (included in total)
Details

Proof coins ("PP" from "Polierte Platte" in German) in the year's proof sets. Brilliant Uncirculated ("STGL" from "Stempelglanz" in German) coins in the year's mint sets.

Two Francs 2013: References to Information Used
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Swissmint 2017 Mint link
Swissmint 2017 Mintage link
All (105) Coins of Country: Switzerland, Type: Two Francs
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Two Francs 1850 2,500,000 Helvetia, Seated HELVETIA
Two Francs 1857 622 Helvetia, Seated HELVETIA
Two Francs 1860 2,001,000 Helvetia, Seated HELVETIA
Two Francs 1862 1,000,000 Helvetia, Seated HELVETIA
Two Francs 1863 500,000 Helvetia, Seated HELVETIA
Two Francs 1874 1,000,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1875 982,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1878 1,500,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1879 518,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1886 1,000,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1894 700,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1896 20 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1901 50,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1903 300,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1904 200,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1905 300,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1906 400,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1907 300,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1908 200,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1909 300,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1910 250,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1911 400,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1912 400,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1913 300,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1914 1,000,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1916 250,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1920 2,300,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1921 2,000,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1922 400,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1928 750,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1931 500,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1932 250,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1936 250,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1937 250,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1939 1,455,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1940 2,503,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1941 1,192,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1943 2,089,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1944 6,276,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1945 1,134,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1946 1,629,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1947 500,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1948 920,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1953 438,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1955 1,032,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1957 2,298,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1958 650,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1959 2,905,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1960 1,980,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1961 4,653,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1963 8,030,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1964 4,558,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1965 8,526,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1967 4,132,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1968 41,588,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1969 17,296,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1970 10,350,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1972 5,003,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1973 5,996,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1974 15,009,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1975 7,061,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1976 5,011,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1977 2,010,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1978 12,812,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1979 10,995,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1980 10,011,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1981 13,862,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1982 5,922,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1983 3,034,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1984 2,043,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1985 2,034,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1986 3,032,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1987 8,028,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1988 10,029,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1989 8,031,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1990 5,045,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1991 12,036,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1992 10,028,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1993 13,050,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1994 16,023,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1995 7,024,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1996 5,023,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1997 5,022,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1998 4,021,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 1999 3,021,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2000 3,026,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2001 4,028,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2002 1,030,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2003 1,028,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2004 1,029,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2005 2,029,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2006 7,030,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2007 16,028,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2008 6,026,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2009 8,026,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2010 9,026,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2011 7,026,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2012 11,026,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2013 12,023,500 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2014 15,022,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2015 11,026,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2016 8,028,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2017 7,029,500 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2018 5,027,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
Two Francs 2019 3,022,000 Helvetia, Standing HELVETIA
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Two Francs 2013: Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeTwo Francs, CuproNickel
Issued2013
EffigyHelvetia, Standing
Face Value2 (x Franc)
Mintage12,023,500 (12.0 million)
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerFr. Fisch, A. Walch, A. Bovy
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationSame (Medal Alignment, Axis 0 / Axis 12)
Size (mm)27.4000
Thickness (mm)2.1500
Mass (g)8.8000
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Two Francs 2013: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Schön, WeltmünzkatalogSchweiz Schön# 59
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSwitzerland KM# 21a.3