Two Francs 2016, Coin from Switzerland - detailed information

Two Francs 2016, Coin from Switzerland
CoinTwo Francs 2016

The Two Francs coin is a circulating denomination of the Swiss Franc. Given that Switzerland has four official languages, the currency has three different names: Franken in German, franc in French and Romansh, and franco in Italian.

The first version of the two 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.

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. 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; this version was first issued in 1968 and is still currently produced.

2 Fr. coins issued in 2016 have now been in circulation for only five years.

MintSwissmint Mint MarkLetter B Total Mintage8,028,000 (8.0 million)
Obverse
Switzerland / Two Francs 2016 - obverse photo

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: 2016 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. 2016
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Two Francs 2016: Known varieties
Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: 25,000 (included in total)
Details

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

In Sets Schweizer Münzen Stempelglanz / Monnaies suisses Fleur de coin - Swissmint 2016, mintage 10,000
8 coins: 10 Fr. Edelweiss, 5 Fr., 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c.

Schweizer Münzen Stempelglanz / Monnaies suisses Fleur de coin - Swissmint 2016 (Baby Set), mintage 10,000
7 coins: 5 Fr., 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c.

Schweizer Münzen Stempelglanz / Monnaies suisses Fleur de coin - Swissmint 2016 (Christmas Set), mintage 5,000
7 coins: 5 Fr., 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c.
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 3,000 (included in total)
Details

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

In Set Schweizer Münzen Polierte Platte / Monnaies suisses Flan bruni - Swissmint 2016, mintage 3,000
8 coins: 10 Fr. Edelweiss, 5 Fr., 2 Fr., 1 Fr., 1/2 Fr., 20 c., 10 c., 5 c.
Two Francs 2016: References to Information Used
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Two Francs 2016: Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
Coin TypeTwo Francs, CuproNickel
Issued2016
SymbolHelvetia, Standing
Face Value2 (x Franc)
Circulation Mintage8,000,000 (8.0 million)
Total Mintage8,028,000 (8.0 million)
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerFr. Fisch, A. Walch, A. Bovy
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size27.400 mm
Thickness2.150 mm
Mass8.800 g
OCC IDRWKZ-EJNC-LQKM-EXGL
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Two Francs 2016: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Schön, WeltmünzkatalogSchweiz Schön# 59
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSwitzerland KM# 21a.3