Swiss Helvetia 2 Silver Francs

Monday, June 20, 2011 by admin



The country's name is on all the coins as "Confoederatio Helvetica", the Latin name of the Swiss Confederation, or "Helvetia" specified. The oldest coins are still valid today; the 10-centime coins dating back to 1879. They are therefore among the oldest still valid coins worldwide. To date, they have the same design and the same alloy (copper, nickel). Until 1967, the circulating coins with face values of 1/2 franc to 5 francs were of silver alloy. These were withdrawn because the price of silver alloy exceeded the face value.

Swiss Helvetia 2 Silver Francs The franc (sign: Fr. or SFr.; German: Franken, French and Romansh: franc, Italian: franco; code: CHF) is the currency and legal tender of Switzerland and Liechtenstein; it is also legal tender in the Italian exclave Campione d'Italia. Although not formally legal tender in the German exclave Büsingen (the sole legal currency is the euro), it is in wide daily use there. The Swiss National Bank issues banknotes and the federal Swissmint issues coins.
The Swiss franc is the only version of the franc still issued in Europe. The smaller denomination, a hundredth of a franc, is a Rappen (Rp.) in German, centime (c.) in French, centesimo (ct.) in Italian, and rap (rp.) in Romansh. The ISO code of the currency used by banks and financial institutions is CHF, although "Fr." is used by most businesses and advertisers; some use SFr.; the Latinate "CH" stands for Confoederatio Helvetica.
Given the quadrilingual populace, coins are language-neutral. Only Latin, as the last commonly spoken language on the territory of Switzerland, is used for inscriptions.

Swiss Helvetia 2 Silver Francs In 1850, coins were introduced in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, and 20 rappen and ½, 1, 2, and 5 francs, with the 1 and 2 rappen struck in bronze, the 5, 10, and 20 rappen in billon, and the franc denominations in .900 fine silver. Between 1860 and 1863, .800 fine silver was used, before the standard used in France of .835 fineness was adopted for all silver coins except the 5 francs (which remained .900 fineness) in 1875. In 1879, billon was replaced by cupro-nickel in the 5 and 10 rappen and by nickel in the 20 rappen. Both world wars only had a small effect on the Swiss coinage, with brass and zinc coins temporarily being issued. In 1931, the size of the 5 franc coin was reduced from 25 grams to 15, with the silver content reduced to .835 fineness. The next year, nickel replaced cupro-nickel in the 5 and 10 rappen. In the late 1960s, due to their linkage to the devaluing U.S. dollar, the prices of internationally traded commodities rose significantly. A silver coin's material value exceeded its monetary value, and many were being sent abroad for melting, which prompted the federal government to make this practice illegal.[14] The statute was of little effect, and the melting of francs only subsided when the collectible value of the remaining francs again exceeded their material value. The 1 rappen coin was still produced until 2006, albeit in ever decreasing quantities, but it did not play any great role in the monetary economy in the fourth quarter of the twentieth century (circa 1975 to 2000). People and groups who could justify the use of 1 rappen coins for monetary purposes could obtain them at face value; any other user (such as collectors) had to pay an additional 4 rappen per coin to cover the production costs, which had exceeded the actual face value of the coin for many years. The coin fell into disuse in the late 1970s and early 1980s but was only officially fully withdrawn from circulation and declared to be no longer legal tender as of 1 January 2007. The long-forgotten 2 rappen coin, not minted since 1974, was demonetized 1 January 1978.

The designs of the coins have changed very little since 1879. Among the notable changes were new designs for the 5 franc coins in 1888, 1922, 1924 (minor) and 1931 (mostly just a size reduction). A new design for the bronze coins was used from 1948. Coins depicting a ring of stars (such as the 1 franc coin seen beside this paragraph) were modified from 22 stars to 23 stars in 1983; since the stars represent the Swiss cantons, it was updated to represent the 1979 expansion of the Swiss federation, when Jura seceded from the Canton of Bern and became the 23rd canton. The 10 rappen coins from 1879 onwards (except the years 1918–19 and 1932–39) have had the same composition, size and design until now (2011) and are still legal tender and found in circulation.
All Swiss coins are language-neutral (at least with respect to Switzerland's four national languages), featuring only numerals, the abbreviation "Fr." for franc, and the Latin phrases "Helvetia", "Confœderatio Helvetica" (depending on the denomination) or the inscription "Libertas" (roman goddess of liberty) on the small coins. The name of the artist is present on the coins with the standing Helvetia and the herder.

....................................


EXTRA FANCY CHASED CASE 800 COIN SILVER SWISS POCKET WATCH ROMAN S 1842 CLASSIC
EXTRA FANCY CHASED CASE 800 COIN SILVER SWISS POCKET WATCH ROMAN S 1842 CLASSIC
$46.00 (16 Bids)
Time Remaining: 6h 14m

Bid now | Add to watch list

COIN RING 84 SILVER 1960 SWISS 2FR HELVETIA SIZABLE SIZE 55 SHOWN
COIN RING 84 SILVER 1960 SWISS 2FR HELVETIA SIZABLE SIZE 55 SHOWN
$55.00
Time Remaining: 3d 11h 34m
Buy It Now for only: $55.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
2014 Proof Silver Swiss Wildlife Series Coin CAPRICORN IBEX Niue w display box
2014 Proof Silver Swiss Wildlife Series Coin CAPRICORN IBEX Niue w display box
$109.00
Time Remaining: 4d 7h 27m
Buy It Now for only: $109.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
1948B Switzerland Swiss 5 Francs SILVER Coin Crown GEM BU Brilliant Uncirculated
1948B Switzerland Swiss 5 Francs SILVER Coin Crown GEM BU Brilliant Uncirculated
$25.00
Time Remaining: 17d 6h 32m
Buy It Now for only: $25.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
Swiss made JH Hasler  Fils Moonphase Calendar Coin Silver Pocket Watch NG107
Swiss made JH Hasler Fils Moonphase Calendar Coin Silver Pocket Watch NG107
$550.00
Time Remaining: 3d 23h 42m
Buy It Now for only: $550.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
Swiss of America 5 oz Fine Silver Round From the Draper Mint Circa 1970
Swiss of America 5 oz Fine Silver Round From the Draper Mint Circa 1970
$150.00
Time Remaining: 2d 9h 58m

Bid now | Add to watch list

Antique Swiss Coin Silver H  O Perret 18S KW Pocket Watch Hunt Case See Rare
Antique Swiss Coin Silver H O Perret 18S KW Pocket Watch Hunt Case See Rare
$79.95
Time Remaining: 25d 15h 1m
Buy It Now for only: $79.95
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
SWISS COIN 835 SILVER 5 FRANC 1932 B
SWISS COIN 835 SILVER 5 FRANC 1932 B
$19.00
Time Remaining: 4d 10h 7m
Buy It Now for only: $19.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
Private Swiss Bank Banca del Gottardo 999 Silver Bullion Coin
Private Swiss Bank Banca del Gottardo 999 Silver Bullion Coin
$56.00
Time Remaining: 28d 18h 56m
Buy It Now for only: $56.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
1886 SWISS 2 FRANC SILVER COIN AU
1886 SWISS 2 FRANC SILVER COIN AU
$110.00
Time Remaining: 3d 12h 9m

Bid now | Add to watch list

925 sterling Silver Coin Ring Swiss 2 Franc with enamel paint
925 sterling Silver Coin Ring Swiss 2 Franc with enamel paint
$90.00
Time Remaining: 2d 14h 9m
Buy It Now for only: $90.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
Swiss Hi grade Agassiz pocket watch for Rochester city NY Coin Silver case
Swiss Hi grade Agassiz pocket watch for Rochester city NY Coin Silver case
$349.00
Time Remaining: 2d 12h 46m
Buy It Now for only: $349.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
1923 Switzerland Silver 5 Franc Swiss Coin JA
1923 Switzerland Silver 5 Franc Swiss Coin JA
$95.00
Time Remaining: 6d 3h 54m
Buy It Now for only: $95.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
French Franc Centimes Swiss Helvetia Switzerland Coins Silver 1899 1918 LOT 4
French Franc Centimes Swiss Helvetia Switzerland Coins Silver 1899 1918 LOT 4
$20.00
Time Remaining: 20d 5h 18m
Buy It Now for only: $20.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
Set Of 3 Foreign Silver Coins 3898 Grams Austria Schilling Swiss Franc Italiana
Set Of 3 Foreign Silver Coins 3898 Grams Austria Schilling Swiss Franc Italiana
$29.99
Time Remaining: 1d 36m

Bid now | Add to watch list

LS w Stars Silver Table Spoon Swiss 19th c American Coin
LS w Stars Silver Table Spoon Swiss 19th c American Coin
$85.00
Time Remaining: 23d 3h 12m
Buy It Now for only: $85.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
Niue 2014 Proof Silver Swiss Wildlife Series Coin Capricorn SKU 83100
Niue 2014 Proof Silver Swiss Wildlife Series Coin Capricorn SKU 83100
$134.36
Time Remaining: 22d 5h 14m
Buy It Now for only: $134.36
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
5 GRAM HOLOGRAM ROSE SWISS PAMP SUISSE 999 SILVER COIN BAR BEZEL VERY RARE SIZE
5 GRAM HOLOGRAM ROSE SWISS PAMP SUISSE 999 SILVER COIN BAR BEZEL VERY RARE SIZE
$39.95
Time Remaining: 19d 4h 14m
Buy It Now for only: $39.95
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
Switzerland Mint Set 1985 Swiss Federal 8 Coins Uncirculated Some Silver NICE
Switzerland Mint Set 1985 Swiss Federal 8 Coins Uncirculated Some Silver NICE
$24.99
Time Remaining: 1d 11h 19m

Bid now | Add to watch list

2006 Switzerland Silver 50 Francs Shooting Taler Swiss Proof Coin JA
2006 Switzerland Silver 50 Francs Shooting Taler Swiss Proof Coin JA
$125.00
Time Remaining: 6d 5h 20m
Buy It Now for only: $125.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
1948 B SWITZERLAND SWISS CONSTITUTION 5 FRANCS SILVER COIN GREAT DETAIL
1948 B SWITZERLAND SWISS CONSTITUTION 5 FRANCS SILVER COIN GREAT DETAIL
$48.99
Time Remaining: 29d 6h 20m
Buy It Now for only: $48.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
2 Rare Swiss of America 999 Fine Pure Silver 1 OZ Bullion Round Coin Medal
2 Rare Swiss of America 999 Fine Pure Silver 1 OZ Bullion Round Coin Medal
$74.99
Time Remaining: 29d 4h 32m
Buy It Now for only: $74.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
1907 UNC SWITZERLAND Silver 1 FRANC Scarce Date SWISS Coin
1907 UNC SWITZERLAND Silver 1 FRANC Scarce Date SWISS Coin
$269.00
Time Remaining: 8d 13h 25m
Buy It Now for only: $269.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
1988 Switzerland Silver 50 Francs Shooting Taler Swiss Proof Coin
1988 Switzerland Silver 50 Francs Shooting Taler Swiss Proof Coin
$175.00
Time Remaining: 2d 7h 1m
Buy It Now for only: $228.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list



« Previous1234

Related posts: