5 Francs Herdsman; silver; small type

Features

Issuer Switzerland
Period Federal State (1848-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1931-1969
Value 5 Francs (5 CHF)
Currency Franc (1850-date)
Composition Silver (.835) (16.5% copper)
Weight 15 g
Diameter 31.45 mm
Thickness 2.4 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 04-01-1971
Number N# 194
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References HMZ 2# 1200,
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# 301,
Jean-Paul Divo, Edwin Tobler; 1967. Die Münzen der Schweiz im 19. Und 20. Jahrhundert. Bank Leu AG, Zürich, Switzerland.
KM# 40,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
Schön# 36,
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
Y# 36
Richard S. Yeoman, Arthur L. Friedberg; 2007. A Catalog of Modern World Coins : 1850-1964 (14th edition). Whitman Publishing Company, Atlanta, USA.

Obverse

Bust of curly-haired herdsman, facing right, wearing hooded shirt, often mistakenly identified as William Tell.

Script: Latin

Lettering:
CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
P , BVRKHARD , INCᵀ,

Translation:
Confederatio Helvetica. Paul Burkhard incidit.
Swiss Confederation. Engraved by Paul Burkhard.

Engraver: Paul Burkhard

Reverse

Coat of arms of Switzerland on square shield. Edelweiss (Leontopodium nivale) branch with four flowers to the left. Rusty-leaved alpenrose (Rhododendron ferrugineum) branch with flowers in right field.

Script: Latin

Lettering:
5 FR.
1937
B

Engraver: Paul Burkhard

Edge

Embossed lettering.

Lettering: 🟉🟉🟉 DOMINUS | PROVIDEBIT | 🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉 |

Translation: The Lord Will Provide

Mint

B Bern, Switzerland (1225-date)

Comments

Switch from silver to copper-nickel in 1968
In 1967, the price of silver soared steeply, reaching 260 francs per kilogram in August and 350 francs per kilogram in March 1968.  At this time, the melt value of the 1⁄2, 1, and 2 franc pieces was circa 46% higher than their nominal value. Nevertheless, the nominal value of the 5 franc coin continued to stay slightly above its melt value of 4.38 francs. Switzerland started to experience a severe shortage of cash, due to the 1⁄2, 1, and 2 franc pieces being illegally melted. To a certain extend, the number of 5 franc pieces in circulation also dropped, due to hoarding. To alleviate the crisis, the federal council switched to a copper-nickel alloy for the 1⁄2, 1, and 2 franc pieces in 1968.

1969 silver issue
The federal council secretly approved the minting of copper-nickel 5 franc pieces as well, but initially concealed the 33 871 000 pieces minted in 1968. Officially, 5 532 000 silver pieces were reported for 1967. To avoid a further shortage of cash, the Swiss mint produced an additional 8 285 000 silver pieces in 1968, but dated 1967, and 8 637 000 silver pieces in 1969, after which, the copper-nickel pieces dated 1968 were finally released into circulation.

Varieties:
Edge variety 1
Dates: 1931 - 1969
Edge lettering starts at 6 o'clock: 🟉🟉🟉 DOMINUS | PROVIDEBIT | 🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉 |

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Edge variety 2
Dates: 1931
Edge lettering starts at 2 o'clock: 🟉🟉🟉 DOMINUS | PROVIDEBIT | 🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉 |

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Edge variety 3
Dates: 1931
Edge lettering starts at 6 o'clock: 🟉🟉🟉 DOMINUS | 🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉 | PROVIDEBIT |

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Edge variety 4
Dates: 1931, 1967
Edge lettering starts at 10 o'clock: 🟉🟉🟉 DOMINUS | 🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉 | PROVIDEBIT |

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Edge variety 5
Dates:  1967
Edge lettering starts at 2 o'clock: 🟉🟉🟉 DOMINUS | 🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉🟉 | PROVIDEBIT |

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References
Ruedi Kunzmann; 2002. "Die Silbermünzenkrise der Schweiz von 1968 und die Tätigkeit der Royal Mint, London". Schweizer Münzblätter, volume 50-52, page 68-72.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1931 B 3 520 000 $ 9.28 $ 12 $ 17 15% edge variety 1
1931 B 0.4% edge variety 1; specimen
1931 B $ 14 2% edge variety 2
1931 B 0.9% edge variety 3
1931 B 0.9% edge variety 4
1932 B 10 580 000 $ 10 $ 10 $ 12 $ 19 35% edge variety 1
1932 B 0.5% edge variety 1; specimen
1933 B 5 900 000 $ 10 $ 11 $ 12 $ 14 23% edge variety 1
1933 B 0.3% edge variety 1; specimen
1935 B 3 000 000 $ 9.28 $ 10 $ 9.74 15% edge variety 1
1935 B 0.3% edge variety 1; specimen
1937 B 645 000 $ 13 5% edge variety 1
1937 B 0.07% edge variety 1; specimen
1939 B 2 197 000 $ 11 $ 16 14% edge variety 1
1939 B 0.2% edge variety 1; specimen
1940 B 1 601 000 $ 13 $ 11 7% edge variety 1
1940 B 0.07% edge variety 1; specimen
1948 B 416 000 $ 14 5% edge variety 1
1948 B 0.15% edge variety 1; specimen
1949 B 407 000 $ 12 5% edge variety 1
1949 B 0.07% edge variety 1; specimen
1950 B 482 000 $ 14 5% edge variety 1
1950 B 0.11% edge variety 1; specimen
1951 B 1 096 000 $ 11 $ 10 7% edge variety 1
1951 B 0.07% edge variety 1; specimen
1952 B 155 000 $ 28 4% edge variety 1
1952 B 0.11% edge variety 1; specimen
1953 B 3 403 000 $ 11 $ 12 $ 12 $ 13 $ 12 17% edge variety 1
1953 B 0.15% edge variety 1; specimen
1954 B 6 600 000 $ 11 $ 11 $ 12 $ 17 21% edge variety 1
1954 B 0.18% edge variety 1; specimen
1965 B 5 021 000 $ 10 $ 11 $ 9.28 $ 14 13% edge variety 1
1965 B 0.4% edge variety 1; specimen
1966 B 9 016 000 $ 10 $ 9.28 $ 16 $ 12 18% edge variety 1
1966 B 0.4% edge variety 1; specimen
1967 B 13 817 000 $ 10 $ 9.28 $ 11 $ 10 $ 12 17% edge variety 1
1967 B 1.0% edge variety 1; specimen
1967 B 1.6% edge variety 5
1969 B 8 637 000 $ 11 $ 12 $ 12 $ 13 16% edge variety 1
1969 B 0.7% edge variety 1; specimen

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Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Price
Picture 1 of a sold 5 Francs (Herdsman; silver; small type)
V.L. Nummus
Lot 2915
Internet Archive
Apr 11, 2021 1952 B – edge variety 1 UNC
(PCGS MS65)
USD 382.79
(EUR 330.00)
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