Information about effigy: Helvetia, Standing

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Helvetia is the female national personification of Switzerland, officially Confœderatio Helvetica, the Swiss Confederation. The name is a derivation of the ethnonym Helvetii, the name of the Gaulish tribe inhabiting the Swiss Plateau prior to the Roman conquest.

This second version, designed by Albert Walch and engraved by Antoine Bovy, replaced the earlier design of Helvetia Seated in 1874.

It 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; thin vertical lines in the background of the shield are the heraldic representation of the red colour of the Swiss flag. In exergue is the legend HELVETIA.

On all coins made from 1874 to 1982, there are 22 five-pointed stars along the rim of the coin, going from the lower left to lower right boundaries of the obverse. These represent the 19 full Swiss cantons of the time and the six half-cantons, which are collectively represented by the three remaining stars. However, when the Canton of Jura broke away from Bern in 1979, the number of stars was no longer accurate. As a result, a new star was added to the right of Helvetia's likeness in 1983. On examples of all dates, 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 11 or 12 to the right of the central allegorical figure, depending on the year of issue.

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.

/ Helvetia, Standing - Coins (216)
CountryNameMintageLegend
Switzerland Half Franc 1875 1,000,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1875 1,036,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1876 2,500,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1877 2,520,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1877 1,000,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1878 1,000,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1879 1,000,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1880 945,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1881 1,000,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1882 1,000,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1886 1,000,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1887 1,000,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1894 800,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1894 1,200,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1896 28 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1896 28 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1898 400,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1898 1,600,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1899 400,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1899 400,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1900 400,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1900 400,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1901 200,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1901 400,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1903 800,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1903 1,000,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1904 400,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1904 400,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1905 700,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1905 600,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1906 700,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1906 1,000,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1907 800,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1907 1,200,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1908 800,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1908 1,200,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1909 900,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1909 1,000,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1910 1,000,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1910 1,000,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1911 1,200,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1912 1,200,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1913 800,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1913 1,200,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1914 4,200,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1914 2,000,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1916 800,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1916 1,000,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1920 3,300,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1920 5,400,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1921 3,800,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1921 6,000,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1928 1,000,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1928 1,500,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1929 2,000,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1931 1,000,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1931 1,000,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1932 500,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1932 1,000,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1934 500,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1934 2,000,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1936 500,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1936 400,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1937 1,000,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1937 1,000,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1939 2,106,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1939 1,001,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1940 2,002,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1940 2,003,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1941 200,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1942 2,969,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1943 4,573,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1943 3,526,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1944 6,225,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1944 7,455,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1945 7,794,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1945 4,928,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1946 2,539,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1946 6,817,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1947 624,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1948 6,113,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1950 7,148,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1951 8,530,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1952 2,853,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1952 14,023,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1953 786,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1953 3,567,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1955 194,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1955 1,320,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1956 4,250,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1956 2,500,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1957 12,085,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1957 6,421,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1958 11,558,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1958 3,580,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1959 12,581,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1959 1,859,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1960 3,523,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1960 14,528,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1961 6,906,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1961 6,549,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1962 6,220,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1962 18,272,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1963 25,168,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1963 13,476,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1964 22,720,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1964 12,560,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1965 5,032,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1965 17,920,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1966 3,032,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1966 10,008,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1967 2,088,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1967 16,096,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1968 64,920,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1968 60,864,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1969 83,104,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1969 37,598,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1970 24,240,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1970 52,620,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1971 11,496,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1971 34,472,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1972 9,996,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1973 5,000,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1973 5,000,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1974 15,012,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1974 45,006,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1975 27,234,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1975 13,012,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1976 10,009,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1976 5,009,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1977 19,011,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1977 6,019,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1978 13,548,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1978 20,818,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1979 27,014,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1979 10,810,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1980 11,012,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1980 31,074,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1981 18,023,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1981 30,165,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1982 30,161,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1982 15,049,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1983 22,031,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1983 7,029,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1984 3,042,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1984 20,050,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1985 20,054,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1985 6,038,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1986 17,997,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1986 5,031,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1987 17,028,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1987 10,028,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1988 5,029,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1988 18,029,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1989 10,031,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1989 15,031,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1990 20,032,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1990 2,032,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1991 10,036,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1991 9,036,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1992 12,028,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1992 30,028,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1993 13,023,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1993 12,023,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1994 15,023,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1994 10,023,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1995 10,024,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1995 13,024,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1996 8,023,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1996 3,023,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1997 3,022,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1997 6,022,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1998 6,021,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1998 3,021,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 1999 5,021,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 1999 3,021,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 2000 4,026,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 2000 4,026,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 2001 3,028,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 2001 6,028,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 2002 1,030,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 2002 2,030,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 2003 2,028,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 2003 2,028,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 2004 2,029,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 2004 2,029,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 2005 1,029,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 2005 1,029,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 2006 2,030,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 2006 2,030,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 2007 18,028,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 2007 3,028,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 2008 7,026,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 2008 25,026,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 2009 27,026,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 2009 11,026,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 2010 27,026,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 2010 15,026,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 2011 15,026,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 2011 15,026,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 2012 20,026,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 2012 12,026,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 2013 23,023,500 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 2013 12,023,500 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 2014 21,022,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 2014 13,022,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 2015 10,026,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 2015 18,026,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 2016 10,028,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 2016 15,028,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 2017 14,029,500 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 2017 10,029,500 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 2018 7,027,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 2018 10,027,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland Half Franc 2019 10,022,000 HELVETIA
Switzerland One Franc 2019 9,022,000 HELVETIA
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