5 Francs Escalade; trial


Country Switzerland
Period Federal State (1848-date)
Type Pattern
Year 2002
Value 5 Francs
5 CHF = 5.52 USD
Currency Franc (1850-date)
Composition Bimetallic: nordic gold center in copper-nickel ring (Nordic Gold (550 Al - 50 Zn - 10 Sn))
Weight 15.00 g
Diameter 32.85 mm
Shape Round
Number N# 199149
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References HMZ 2# 1223hh,
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.
Richt Pr2# 333
Jürg Richter; 2016. Die Proben und Materialvarianten von Schweizer Münzen / Band 2. Die Proben und Materialvarianten der Münzen der Schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaft. Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.

Commemorative issue

400th anniversary of the Escalade festival of Geneva

Series: Swiss festivals


Vegetables on the outer ring.

5 FR

Designer: Pierre-Alain Zuber


Perspective view of siege ladders propped around a town wall, represented by houses depicted along the outer ring.

ESCALADE 1602-2002

Designer: Pierre-Alain Zuber




B Bern, Switzerland (1225-date)


Outer ring: 75% copper, 25% nickel
Centre: 89% copper, 5% aluminium, 5% zinc, 1% tin

Fête de l'Escalade (from escalade, the act of climbing defensive walls), is an annual festival in Geneva, Switzerland, held each December in celebration of the defeat of an attempt to conquer the Protestant city by the Catholic Duchy of Savoy. Troops sent by Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy, attempted a surprise attack during the night of 11-12 December 1602, but according to legend, were repulsed by a cook who dumped boiling vegetable soup on the invaders before raising an alarm. The celebrations and other commemorative activities are usually held on 12 December or the closest weekend.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2002  700

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