5 Francs Herdsman; copper-nickel; embossed edge

5 Francs (Herdsman; copper-nickel; embossed edge) - obverse5 Francs (Herdsman; copper-nickel; embossed edge) - reverse

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Features

Issuer Switzerland
Period Federal State (1848-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1968-2022
Value 5 Francs
5 CHF = USD 5.30
Currency Franc (1850-date)
Composition Copper-nickel (75% copper, 25% nickel)
Weight 13.20 g
Diameter 31.45 mm
Thickness 2.35 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Variable alignment ↺
Number N# 195
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
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. Battenberg Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
Divo/Tob19# –,
Jean-Paul Divo, Edwin Tobler; 1967. Die Münzen der Schweiz im 19. Und 20. Jahrhundert. Bank Leu AG, Zürich, Switzerland.
KM# 40a,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.
Schön# 36a,
Gerhard Schön; 2022. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Battenberg Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.
Y# 
Richard S. Yeoman, Arthur L. Friedberg; 2007. A Catalog of Modern World Coins : 1850-1964 (14th edition). Whitman Publishing Company, Atlanta, United States.
And 1 more volumes.

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,

Unabridged legend: Confederatio Helvetica. Paul Burkhard incidit.

Translation: Swiss Confederation. Engraved by Paul Burkhard.

Designer: Paul Burkhard

Reverse

The Swiss escutcheon with flower wreaths and the face value, date and mintmark if present at bottom.

Script: Latin

Lettering:
5 FR.
1994
B

Designer: Paul Burkhard

Edge

Embossed lettering.

Script: Latin

Lettering: ★★★ DOMINUS | PROVIDEBIT | ★★★★★★★★★★

Translation: The Lord Will Provide

5 Francs (Herdsman; copper-nickel; embossed edge) -  obverse

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Mint

B Bern, Switzerland (1225-date)

Comments

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. Moreover, 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.

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

Proof.

Photo by @Infierno

Different groups are known.

Obverse
Die 1 from model 1931 -  bold script, dexter side of portrait skirts a bead.
Die 2 - fine script, dexter side of portrait skirts a bead.
Die 3 - dexter side of portrait between beads, signature far from beads.
Die 4  - dexter side of portrait between beads, beads in circle far from rim, large signature engraved in deep wide lines closer to beads.
Picture: © Images courtesy of Alexandr Prokofyev.


Reverse
Die A from model 1931 -  bead circle close to rim,  at right side the top buds just marked with side lines.
Die B - bead circle close to rim, at right side well defined lines at the top buds.
Die C - reengraved, bead circle far from rim, at right side well defined lines at the top buds.
Picture: © Images courtesy of Alexandr Prokofyev.
 

Combinations
1+A: 1931 (all edges), from 1932 till 1954.
2+A: 1965, 1966, 1967 (both edges), from 1968 till 1979.
3+B: 1980, 1981, 1981 PS.
3+C: 1982.
4+B: 1981.
4+C: 1982, 1982 PS, 1983-2022.

Abbreviation
PS - Proof set.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1968 B 33 871 000 $ 4.60 $ 4.60 $ 4.60 $ 4.60 $ 4.60 $ 5.90 44% KM#40a.1; coin alignment
1970  6 300 000 $ 4.60 $ 4.60 $ 4.60 $ 5.10 $ 7.40 11% KM#40a.1; coin alignment
1973  5 000 000 $ 2.60 $ 4.90 $ 4.90 9% KM#40a.1; coin alignment
1974  6 007 000 $ 4.90 $ 4.90 $ 5.10 10% KM#40a.1; coin alignment
1974  2 400 0.2% KM#40a.1; coin alignment; proof
1975  4 015 000 $ 4.70 $ 4.70 $ 5.20 $ 6.50 $ 12 7% KM#40a.1; coin alignment
1975  10 000 0.3% KM#40a.1; coin alignment; proof
1976  3 007 000 $ 4.40 $ 4.40 $ 5.00 $ 6.30 6% KM#40a.1; coin alignment
1976  5 130 0.18% KM#40a.1; coin alignment; proof
1977  2 009 000 $ 5.60 $ 5.60 $ 5.60 4% KM#40a.1; coin alignment
1977  7 030 0.17% KM#40a.1; coin alignment; proof
1978  4 411 000 $ 5.10 $ 5.10 $ 7.30 $ 12 7% KM#40a.1; coin alignment
1978  10 000 0.2% KM#40a.1; coin alignment; proof
1979  4 011 000 $ 5.00 $ 5.20 $ 5.80 $ 7.80 $ 12 7% KM#40a.1; coin alignment
1979  10 000 0.3% KM#40a.1; coin alignment; proof
1980  4 026 000 $ 4.80 $ 5.50 $ 6.70 $ 9.50 7% KM#40a.1; coin alignment
1980 B 10 000 0.03% KM#40a.1; coin alignment
1981  6 018 000 $ 4.90 $ 4.90 $ 5.90 $ 9.80 8% KM#40a.1; coin alignment
1981  10 000 0.4% KM#40a.1; coin alignment; proof
1982  5 050 000 $ 4.70 $ 5.10 $ 5.20 7% KM#40a.2; medal alignment
1982  10 000 0.4% KM#40a.2; medal alignment; proof
1983  4 033 000 $ 4.10 $ 5.00 $ 5.20 6% KM#40a.2; medal alignment
1983  11 000 0.2% KM#40a.2; medal alignment; proof
1984  3 953 000 $ 4.90 $ 5.80 $ 6.40 $ 7.40 6% KM#40a.2; medal alignment
1984  14 000 0.3% KM#40a.2; medal alignment; proof
1994 B 12 023 000 $ 4.70 $ 4.70 $ 5.20 12% KM#40a.4; medal alignment
1994 B 6 100 0.3% KM#40a.4; medal alignment; proof
1995 B 12 024 000 $ 5.00 $ 5.00 $ 5.00 $ 6.70 $ 16 10% KM#40a.4; medal alignment
1995 B 6 100 0.3% KM#40a.4; medal alignment; proof
1996 B 12 023 000 $ 2.20 $ 5.10 $ 5.10 $ 5.20 $ 6.40 10% KM#40a.4; medal alignment
1996 B 6 100 0.3% KM#40a.4; medal alignment; proof
1997 B 9 022 000 $ 4.30 $ 4.30 $ 4.90 7% KM#40a.4; medal alignment
1997 B 5 500 0.2% KM#40a.4; medal alignment; proof
1998 B 9 021 000 $ 4.70 $ 5.30 $ 6.30 7% KM#40a.4; medal alignment
1998 B 4 800 $ 31 0.2% KM#40a.4; medal alignment; proof
1999 B 9 021 000 $ 5.20 $ 5.20 $ 8.10 $ 13 7% KM#40a.4; medal alignment
1999 B 5 000 0.3% KM#40a.4; medal alignment; proof
2000 B 7 026 000 $ 5.00 $ 5.00 $ 5.50 $ 7.10 6% KM#40a.4; medal alignment
2000 B 5 500 0.18% KM#40a.4; medal alignment; proof
2001 B 1 028 000 $ 9.50 1.9% KM#40a.4; medal alignment
2001 B 6 000 0.14% KM#40a.4; medal alignment; proof
2002 B 1 030 000 $ 9.80 1.8% KM#40a.4; medal alignment
2002 B 6 000 $ 13 0.17% KM#40a.4; medal alignment; proof
2003 B 1 027 500 $ 7.30 1.6% KM#40a.4; medal alignment
2003 B 5 500 0.17% KM#40a.4; medal alignment; proof
2004 B 529 000 $ 6.60 1.2% KM#40a.4; medal alignment
2004 B 5 000 0.11% KM#40a.4; medal alignment; proof
2005 B 529 000 $ 5.30 1.1% KM#40a.4; medal alignment
2005 B 4 500 0.11% KM#40a.4; medal alignment; proof
2006 B 530 000 1.1% KM#40a.4; medal alignment
2006 B 4 000 0.10% KM#40a.4; medal alignment; proof
2007 B 528 000 $ 11 1.2% KM#40a.4; medal alignment
2007 B 4 000 0.13% KM#40a.4; medal alignment; proof
2008 B 526 000 1.0% KM#40a.4; medal alignment
2008 B 4 000 0.10% KM#40a.4; medal alignment; proof
2009 B 2 026 000 $ 5.00 $ 9.40 2% KM#40a.4; medal alignment
2009 B 4 000 0.14% KM#40a.4; medal alignment; proof
2010 B 5 026 000 $ 4.90 $ 5.30 $ 6.90 4% KM#40a.4; medal alignment
2010 B 4 000 0.18% KM#40a.4; medal alignment; proof
2011 B 3 026 000 $ 9.40 3% KM#40a.4; medal alignment
2011 B 4 000 0.17% KM#40a.4; medal alignment; proof
2012 B 8 026 000 $ 4.90 $ 5.10 5% KM#40a.4; medal alignment
2012 B 4 000 0.3% KM#40a.4; medal alignment; proof
2013 B 8 023 500 $ 4.70 $ 4.80 4% KM#40a.4; medal alignment
2013 B 3 500 0.14% KM#40a.4; medal alignment; proof
2014 B 7 022 000 $ 5.10 $ 5.20 3% KM#40a.4; medal alignment
2014 B 3 000 0.2% KM#40a.4; medal alignment; proof
2015 B 5 026 000 $ 5.20 2% KM#40a.4; medal alignment
2015 B 3 000 $ 9.40 0.3% KM#40a.4; medal alignment; proof
2016 B 4 028 000 $ 9.80 1.4% KM#40a.4; medal alignment
2016 B 3 000 0.20% KM#40a.4; medal alignment; proof
2017 B 3 029 500 $ 8.00 1.4% KM#40a.4; medal alignment
2017 B 2 500 $ 13 0.20% KM#40a.4; medal alignment; proof
2018 B 3 027 000 $ 9.80 1.2% KM#40a.4; medal alignment
2018 B 2 500 0.3% KM#40a.4; medal alignment; proof
2019 B 3 022 000 $ 10 0.8%
2019 B 2 500 0.2% Proof
2020 B 3 020 000 0.4%
2020 B 2 500 0.07% Proof
2021 B 0.17%
2021 B 2 500 0.10% Proof
2022 B 1 011 000 0.11%
2022 B 2 000 0.08% Proof

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