Switzerland 1 Franc


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The Swiss franc is the official currency of Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The international official currency symbol; CHF.  Before 1798, over 860 different currencies circulated in various denominations and monetary systems in Switzerland. The majority of these coins originated from the French livre tournois or the southern German gulden of the 17th century. The new Swiss currencies emerged in the 18th century after the Swiss cantons did not keep up with the depreciation rate that occurred in France and Germany. The Helvetic Republic (a sister republic of France during the French Revolutionary Wars) introduced the franc in 1798, which was minted until 1803; this issue served as a model for the coins of several cantons during the Mediation period (1803-1814). Despite the arrival of the first Swiss franc, the southern German kronenthaler became the most popular currency in the nineteenth century. To address this issue, the Swiss Federal Constitution of 1848 stipulated that the federal government would be the sole body entitled to issue currency in the country. The first Federal Monetary Law, passed in 1850, established the franc as the monetary unit of Switzerland two years later. This year coins were introduced in denominations of 1 centime, 2 centimes, 5 centimes, 10 centimes, 20 centimes, ½ franc, 1 franc, 2 francs, and 5 francs.  Since 2004 the 20 centime coins of 1881–1938 have been withdrawn from circulation because machines cannot detect them. Since 2004, the 20 cent coins from 1881-1938 have been withdrawn from circulation because the machines do not detect them. Currently, coins are circulating in denominations of 5 centimes, 10 centimes, 20 centimes, ½ franc, 1 franc, 2 francs, and 5 francs.

The 1 franc coin front design features the figure of Helvetia (female national personification of Switzerland), holding a spear and the National Coat of Arms of Switzerland within a shield. The reverse of the coin illustrates the denomination and the issue date, surrounded by a wreath of alpine rose springs and oak leaves containing a ribbon at the bottom. This coin is part of the 1968 – 2021 series, its rim is fluted, and its color is silver.

Text: HELVETIA, A. BOVY INCᵀ, 1 Fr. 1968.

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