5 Francs Helvetia seated


Issuer Switzerland
Period Federal State (1848-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1850-1886
Value 5 Francs (5 CHF)
Currency Franc (1850-date)
Composition Silver (.900) (10% copper)
Weight 25 g
Diameter 37 mm
Thickness 2.35 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Variable alignment ↺
Demonetized 1 February 1934
Number N# 191
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References HMZ 2# 1197,
Jürg Richter, Ruedi Kunzmann; 2006. Der neue HMZ-Katalog / Band. 2. Die Münzen der Schweiz und Liechtensteins : 15./16. Jahrhundert bis Gegenwart. Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
Divo/Tob19# 295,
Jean-Paul Divo, Edwin Tobler; 1967. Die Münzen der Schweiz im 19. Und 20. Jahrhundert. Bank Leu AG, Zürich, Switzerland.
KM# 11,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Schön# 23,
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.
Y# 29
Richard S. Yeoman, Arthur L. Friedberg; 2007. A Catalog of Modern World Coins : 1850-1964 (14th edition). Whitman Publishing Company, Atlanta, USA.
And 1 more volumes.

Series: Helvetia seated series


Helvetia seated, facing left, wearing laurel wreath and toga, with right arm raised and holding shield with coat of arms of Switzerland in left hand. Plow and wheat spikes to the right. Mountains in the background.

Script: Latin


Engraver: Antoine Bovy

Antoine Bovy, born in Geneva on 14 December 1795 and died in the same town on 18 September 1877, is a Swiss sculptor and medalist naturalized French.

Designer: Friedrich Fisch


Wreath formed of oak and alpine rose branches tied with ribbon below.

Script: Latin

5 Fr.

Engraver: Antoine Bovy

Antoine Bovy, born in Geneva on 14 December 1795 and died in the same town on 18 September 1877, is a Swiss sculptor and medalist naturalized French.

Designer: Friedrich Fisch




A Paris, France (864-1973)
B Bern, Switzerland (1225-date)
B. Brussels, Belgium (983-date)


A mintmark variety:
Mint: Paris
Mint master: Charles-Louis Dierick (1845-1860)
Mint master's mark: hand in exergue, on the left
Chief engraver: Jean-Jacques Barre (1843-1855)
Engraver's mark: greyhound head in exergue, on the right

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B mintmark variety:
Mint: Bern

© Stacks Bowers

B. mintmark variety:
Mint: Brussels

© Jean Elsen & ses Fils s.a.

5 Francs 1886
In 1886, due to the globally falling prices of silver, the Latin Monetary Union decided to temporarily suspend production of coins until the gold to silver ratio stabilised. Switzerland negotiated an exception and minted a quantity of gold coins. However, the master die for the 5 Francs piece broke when only a few trial pieces had been made. Although a competition was held in 1886 to select the new coin design, it wasn’t until 1888 that the design could be used to mint an extensive issue of 5-franc coins. According to Divo/Tob19# 295, only four pieces were minted. According to Numismatica Genevensis, Auction 14, Lot 395, five pieces were minted, three of which are in museums today and two in private collections.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1850 A 500 000 $ 2 187 27% medal alignment
1850 A 1.0% specimen; medal alignment
1851 A $ 2 701 26% mintage included above; medal alignment
1851 A 1.9% specimen; medal alignment
1873 B 30 000 7% coin alignment
1873 B 1.9% Specimen; coin alignment
1874 B 196 000 24% coin alignment
1874 B 3% Specimen; coin alignment
1874 B. 1 400 000 $ 169 44% medal alignment
1874 B. 0% Specimen; medal alignment
1886 B 4 1.9% coin alignment

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Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Price
Picture 1 of a sold 5 Francs (Helvetia seated)
Sincona AG
Auction 70
Lot 3805
Internet Archive
May 19, 2021 1850 A – medal alignment UNC
(NGC MS63)
USD 1 847.19
(CHF 1 700.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 5 Francs (Helvetia seated)
Sincona AG
Auction 70
Lot 3808
Internet Archive
May 19, 2021 1851 A – mintage included above; medal alignment UNC
(NGC MS65)
USD 2 281.82
(CHF 2 100.00)
(+ buyer's premium)

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