Information about effigy: Coat of Arms of Switzerland

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The coat of arms of the Swiss Confederation shows the same white-on-red cross as the flag of Switzerland, but on a heraldic shield instead of the square field.

The federal coat of arms (eidgenössisches Wappen) was defined by the Swiss Diet (Tagsatzung) in 1815 for the Restored Confederacy. A more elaborate federal seal was also defined, as the federal coat of arms surrounded by the twenty-two cantonal coats of arms. Similar heraldic arrangements representing the Thirteen Cantons of the Old Swiss Confederacy are on record from the mid-16th century.

The 1815 legislation remained in force in the federal state established in 1848, as was explicitly recognized by the Federal Council in 1889. While the simple coat of arms was in wide use, especially on coins, and from the early 20th century also on car number plates and passports, the full seal did not see official use beyond its representation in stained glass in the Federal Palace of Switzerland (c. 1900). The 19th-century definition of the federal seal and coat of arms was replaced only in 2017, with the adoption of a new law which defined the Swiss coat of arms as "a Swiss cross in a triangular shield" with fixed proportions, but which no longer recognizes a federal seal.

On coins, the red colour of the background is represented by a "hatched" background (that is, with thin vertical stripes as per heraldic tradition).

/ Coat of Arms of Switzerland - Coins (141)
CountryNameMintageLegend
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1850 7,290,000 HELVETIA 1850
Switzerland Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1850 8,780,000 HELVETIA 1850
Switzerland Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1850 5,779,892 HELVETIA 1850
Switzerland Five Centimes (Rappen) 1850 7,970,000 HELVETIA 1850
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1850 2,270,000 HELVETIA 1850
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1851 2,730,000 HELVETIA 1851
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1851 3,720,000 HELVETIA 1851
Switzerland Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1851 5,779,891 HELVETIA 1851
Switzerland Five Centimes (Rappen) 1851 12,042,000 HELVETIA 1851
Switzerland Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1851 4,530,000 HELVETIA 1851
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1853 2,008,000 HELVETIA 1853
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1855 500,000 HELVETIA 1855
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1856 2,500,000 HELVETIA 1856
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1857 1,587,000 HELVETIA 1857
Switzerland Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1858 1,548,000 HELVETIA 1858
Switzerland Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1859 2,776,000 HELVETIA 1859
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1863 501,000 HELVETIA 1863
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1864 501,000 HELVETIA 1864
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1866 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1866
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1866 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1866
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1868 2,000,000 HELVETIA 1868
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1870 500,000 HELVETIA 1870
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1870 540,000 HELVETIA 1870
Switzerland Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1871 844,000 HELVETIA 1871
Switzerland Five Centimes (Rappen) 1872 1,212,000 HELVETIA 1872
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1872 2,080,000 HELVETIA 1872
Switzerland Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1873 1,398,000 HELVETIA 1873
Switzerland Five Centimes (Rappen) 1873 1,622,000 HELVETIA 1873
Switzerland Five Centimes (Rappen) 1874 1,700,000 HELVETIA 1874
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1875 975,000 HELVETIA 1875
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1875 984,000 HELVETIA 1875
Switzerland Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1875 174,000 HELVETIA 1875
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1876 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1876
Switzerland Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1876 1,962,000 HELVETIA 1876
Switzerland Five Centimes (Rappen) 1876 990,000 HELVETIA 1876
Switzerland Five Centimes (Rappen) 1877 978,000 HELVETIA 1877
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1877 923,000 HELVETIA 1877
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1878 981,000 HELVETIA 1878
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1879 998,000 HELVETIA 1879
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1879 990,000 HELVETIA 1879
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1880 992,000 HELVETIA 1880
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1882 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1882
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1883 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1883
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1883 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1883
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1884 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1884
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1886 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1886
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1887 1,504,000 HELVETIA 1887
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1888 500,000 HELVETIA 1888
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1889 500,000 HELVETIA 1889
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1890 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1890
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1890 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1890
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1891 2,000,000 HELVETIA 1891
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1892 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1892
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1893 2,000,000 HELVETIA 1893
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1894 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1894
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1895 2,000,000 HELVETIA 1895
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1896 36 HELVETIA 1896
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1896 20 HELVETIA 1896
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1897 500,000 HELVETIA 1897
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1897 487,000 HELVETIA 1897
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1898 500,000 HELVETIA 1898
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1898 1,500,000 HELVETIA 1898
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1899 1,500,000 HELVETIA 1899
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1899 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1899
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1900 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1900
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1900 2,000,000 HELVETIA 1900
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1902 950,000 HELVETIA 1902
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1902 500,000 HELVETIA 1902
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1903 500,000 HELVETIA 1903
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1903 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1903
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1904 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1904
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1904 500,000 HELVETIA 1904
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1905 2,000,000 HELVETIA 1905
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1906 500,000 HELVETIA 1906
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1906 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1906
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1907 2,000,000 HELVETIA 1907
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1907 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1907
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1908 3,000,000 HELVETIA 1908
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1908 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1908
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1909 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1909
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1909 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1909
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1910 1,500,000 HELVETIA 1910
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1910 500,000 HELVETIA 1910
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1911 1,500,000 HELVETIA 1911
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1912 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1912
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1912 2,000,000 HELVETIA 1912
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1913 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1913
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1913 3,000,000 HELVETIA 1913
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1914 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1914
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1914 3,500,000 HELVETIA 1914
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1915 3,000,000 HELVETIA 1915
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1915 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1915
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1917 2,000,000 HELVETIA 1917
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1918 3,000,000 HELVETIA 1918
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1918 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1918
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1919 3,000,000 HELVETIA 1919
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1919 2,000,000 HELVETIA 1919
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1920 500,000 HELVETIA 1920
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1920 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1920
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1921 3,000,000 HELVETIA 1921
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1924 2,000,000 HELVETIA 1924
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1925 2,500,000 HELVETIA 1925
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1925 1,250,000 HELVETIA 1925
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1926 2,000,000 HELVETIA 1926
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1926 750,000 HELVETIA 1926
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1927 1,500,000 HELVETIA 1927
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1927 500,000 HELVETIA 1927
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1928 500,000 HELVETIA 1928
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1928 2,000,000 HELVETIA 1928
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1929 4,000,000 HELVETIA 1929
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1929 750,000 HELVETIA 1929
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1930 2,500,000 HELVETIA 1930
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1930 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1930
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1931 1,288,000 HELVETIA 1931
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1931 5,000,000 HELVETIA 1931
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1932 1,500,000 HELVETIA 1932
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1932 5,000,000 HELVETIA 1932
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1933 3,000,000 HELVETIA 1933
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1933 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1933
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1934 3,000,000 HELVETIA 1934
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1934 500,000 HELVETIA 1934
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1936 2,000,000 HELVETIA 1936
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1936 500,000 HELVETIA 1936
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1937 2,400,000 HELVETIA 1937
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1937 1,200,000 HELVETIA 1937
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1938 5,300,000 HELVETIA 1938
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1938 1,369,000 HELVETIA 1938
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1939 10,000 HELVETIA 1939
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1940 3,027,000 HELVETIA 1940
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1941 3,448,000 HELVETIA 1941
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1941 12,794,000 HELVETIA 1941
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1942 8,954,000 HELVETIA 1942
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1942 17,969,000 HELVETIA 1942
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1943 8,647,000 HELVETIA 1943
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1943 4,499,000 HELVETIA 1943
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1944 8,086,000 HELVETIA 1944
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1944 11,825,000 HELVETIA 1944
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1945 2,800,000 HELVETIA 1945
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1945 3,640,000 HELVETIA 1945
Switzerland One Centime (Rappen) 1946 12,063,000 HELVETIA 1946
Switzerland Two Centimes (Rappen) 1946 1,393,000 HELVETIA 1946
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