5 Francs herdsman; silver; small type

Features

Country 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
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 04-01-1971
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. ISBN 9783866465046.
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. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Thomas Michael (editor), Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Thomas Michael (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.
Schön# 36,
  • Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany. ISBN 9783866461840.
  • Helmut Kahnt, Günter Schön; 2016. Weltmünzkatalog 19. Jahrhundert: 1801-1900 (17. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany. ISBN 9783866461185.
  • Gerhard Schön, Sebastian Krämer; 2017. Weltmünzkatalog 21. Jahrhundert: 2001-2016 (3. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany. ISBN 9783866461383.
Y# 36
  • Richard S. Yeoman, Arthur L. Friedberg; 2007. A Catalog of Modern World Coins: 1850-1964 (14th edition). Whitman Publishing Company, Atlanta, USA. ISBN 9780794820565.
  • Richard S. Yeoman, Arthur L. Friedberg, Ira Friedberg; 1988. Current Coins of the World (8th edition). Coin & Currency Institute, Clifton, USA. ISBN 9780871848017.

Obverse

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

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.

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 9.64 12.04 18.07 15% edge variety 1
1931 B 0.4% edge variety 1; specimen
1931 B 13.96 2% edge variety 2
1931 B 1.0% edge variety 3
1931 B 1.0% edge variety 4
1932 B 10,580,000 10.24 10.83 12.18 12.04 35% edge variety 1
1932 B 0.5% edge variety 1; specimen
1933 B 5,900,000 10.39 12.04 12.29 14.25 23% edge variety 1
1933 B 0.3% edge variety 1; specimen
1935 B 3,000,000 9.64 10.86 10.12 14% edge variety 1
1935 B 0.3% edge variety 1; specimen
1937 B 645,000 13.04 5% edge variety 1
1937 B 0.12% edge variety 1; specimen
1939 B 2,197,000 12.04 16.18 14% edge variety 1
1939 B 0.3% edge variety 1; specimen
1940 B 1,601,000 12.04 7% edge variety 1
1940 B 0.12% edge variety 1; specimen
1948 B 416,000 14.07 4% edge variety 1
1948 B 0.19% edge variety 1; specimen
1949 B 407,000 12.04 5% edge variety 1
1949 B 0.12% edge variety 1; specimen
1950 B 482,000 12.04 5% edge variety 1
1950 B 0.16% edge variety 1; specimen
1951 B 1,096,000 11.82 10.48 7% edge variety 1
1951 B 0.12% edge variety 1; specimen
1952 B 155,000 25.35 4% edge variety 1
1952 B 0.16% edge variety 1; specimen
1953 B 3,403,000 10.98 12.04 12.04 13.38 12.17 17% edge variety 1
1953 B 0.19% edge variety 1; specimen
1954 B 6,600,000 10.98 12.04 12.97 17.28 21% edge variety 1
1954 B 0.2% edge variety 1; specimen
1965 B 5,021,000 10.60 11.82 9.64 14.85 13% edge variety 1
1965 B 0.4% edge variety 1; specimen
1966 B 9,016,000 10.78 9.64 13.62 11.82 19% edge variety 1
1966 B 0.5% edge variety 1; specimen
1967 B 13,817,000 11.14 9.64 11.44 10.66 12.17 17% edge variety 1
1967 B 1.0% edge variety 1; specimen
1967 B 1.7% edge variety 5
1969 B 8,637,000 11.12 12.73 16.27 13.59 16% edge variety 1
1969 B 0.7% edge variety 1; specimen

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