5 Francs Helvetia seated

Features

Country 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
Orientation Variable alignment ↺
Demonetized 02-01-1934
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

Obverse

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.

Lettering:
HELVETIA
A . BOVY

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

Reverse

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

Lettering:
5 Fr.
1874
B

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

Edge

Reeded.

Mints

A Paris, France (864-date)
B Bern, Switzerland (1225-date)
B. Royal Belgian Mint, Brussels, Belgium

Comments

Varieties:
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

© Heritage Auctions

B mintmark variety:
Mint: Bern

© Stacks Bowers

B. mintmark variety:
Mint: Brussels

© Jean Elsen & ses Fils s.a.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1850 A 500 000 27% medal alignment
1850 A 1.0% specimen; medal alignment
1851 A 26% mintage included above; medal alignment
1851 A 3% specimen; medal alignment
1873 B 30 000 8% coin alignment
1873 B 3% Specimen; coin alignment
1874 B 196 000 23% coin alignment
1874 B 5% Specimen; coin alignment
1874 B. 1 400 000 165.76 46% medal alignment
1874 B. 1.0% Specimen; medal alignment
1886  4 3%

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