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Coat of Arms of Switzerland

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 - showing 100 of 274 coins (Page 1 of 3)
NameMintageLegend
One Centime (Rappen) 1850 2,270,000 HELVETIA 1850
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1850 7,970,000 HELVETIA 1850
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1850 7,290,000 HELVETIA 1850
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1850 5,779,892 HELVETIA 1850
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1850 8,780,000 HELVETIA 1850
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1851 4,530,000 HELVETIA 1851
One Centime (Rappen) 1851 2,730,000 HELVETIA 1851
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1851 5,779,891 HELVETIA 1851
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1851 3,720,000 HELVETIA 1851
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1851 12,042,000 HELVETIA 1851
One Centime (Rappen) 1853 2,008,000 HELVETIA 1853
One Centime (Rappen) 1855 500,000 HELVETIA 1855
One Centime (Rappen) 1856 2,500,000 HELVETIA 1856
One Centime (Rappen) 1857 1,587,000 HELVETIA 1857
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1858 1,548,000 HELVETIA 1858
Twenty Centimes (Rappen) 1859 2,776,000 HELVETIA 1859
One Centime (Rappen) 1863 501,000 HELVETIA 1863
One Centime (Rappen) 1864 501,000 HELVETIA 1864
One Centime (Rappen) 1866 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1866
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1866 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1866
One Centime (Rappen) 1868 2,000,000 HELVETIA 1868
One Centime (Rappen) 1870 500,000 HELVETIA 1870
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1870 540,000 HELVETIA 1870
Twenty Francs 1871 Pattern by Voigt 200 HELVETIA 1871
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1871 844,000 HELVETIA 1871
Twenty Francs 1871 Pattern by Durussel 30 HELVETIA 20 F.
One Centime (Rappen) 1872 2,080,000 HELVETIA 1872
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1872 1,212,000 HELVETIA 1872
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1873 1,398,000 HELVETIA 1873
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1873 1,622,000 HELVETIA 1873
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1874 1,700,000 HELVETIA 1874
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1875 984,000 HELVETIA 1875
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1875 174,000 HELVETIA 1875
One Centime (Rappen) 1875 975,000 HELVETIA 1875
Ten Centimes (Rappen) 1876 1,962,000 HELVETIA 1876
One Centime (Rappen) 1876 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1876
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1876 990,000 HELVETIA 1876
One Centime (Rappen) 1877 923,000 HELVETIA 1877
Five Centimes (Rappen) 1877 978,000 HELVETIA 1877
One Centime (Rappen) 1878 981,000 HELVETIA 1878
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1879 990,000 HELVETIA 1879
One Centime (Rappen) 1879 998,000 HELVETIA 1879
One Centime (Rappen) 1880 992,000 HELVETIA 1880
One Centime (Rappen) 1882 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1882
Twenty Francs 1883 250,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
One Centime (Rappen) 1883 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1883
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1883 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1883
One Centime (Rappen) 1884 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1884
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1886 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1886
Twenty Francs 1886 250,000 CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA
One Centime (Rappen) 1887 1,504,000 HELVETIA 1887
Twenty Francs 1887 176 CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA
Twenty Francs 1888 4,224 CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1888 500,000 HELVETIA 1888
Five Francs 1888 25,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA * 1888
Twenty Francs 1889 100,000 CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA
One Centime (Rappen) 1889 500,000 HELVETIA 1889
Five Francs 1889 225,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA * 1889
Twenty Francs 1890 125,000 CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1890 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1890
One Centime (Rappen) 1890 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1890
Five Francs 1890 305,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA * 1890
Five Francs 1891 150,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA * 1891
Twenty Francs 1891 100,000 CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA
One Centime (Rappen) 1891 2,000,000 HELVETIA 1891
One Centime (Rappen) 1892 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1892
Twenty Francs 1892 100,000 CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA
Five Francs 1892 190,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA * 1892
Twenty Francs 1893 100,025 CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1893 2,000,000 HELVETIA 1893
Twenty Francs 1894 120,600 CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA
One Centime (Rappen) 1894 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1894
Five Francs 1894 34,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA * 1894
One Centime (Rappen) 1895 2,000,000 HELVETIA 1895
Five Francs 1895 46,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA * 1895
Twenty Francs 1895 200,019 CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA
One Centime (Rappen) 1896 36 HELVETIA 1896
Five Francs 1896 2,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA * 1896
Twenty Francs 1896 400,000 CONFŒDERATIO HELVETICA
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1896 20 HELVETIA 1896
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1897 487,000 HELVETIA 1897
Twenty Francs 1897 400,029 HELVETIA
One Centime (Rappen) 1897 500,000 HELVETIA 1897
Twenty Francs 1898 400,000 HELVETIA
One Centime (Rappen) 1898 1,500,000 HELVETIA 1898
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1898 500,000 HELVETIA 1898
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1899 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1899
One Centime (Rappen) 1899 1,500,000 HELVETIA 1899
Twenty Francs 1899 300,000 HELVETIA
Five Francs 1900 33,000 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA * 1900
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1900 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1900
One Centime (Rappen) 1900 2,000,000 HELVETIA 1900
Twenty Francs 1900 400,000 HELVETIA
Twenty Francs 1901 500,000 HELVETIA
Twenty Francs 1902 600,000 HELVETIA
One Centime (Rappen) 1902 950,000 HELVETIA 1902
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1902 500,000 HELVETIA 1902
One Centime (Rappen) 1903 1,000,000 HELVETIA 1903
Twenty Francs 1903 200,000 HELVETIA
Two Centimes (Rappen) 1903 500,000 HELVETIA 1903
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Coat of Arms of Switzerland: Details
Year1815
CountrySwitzerland
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