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Switzerland 2018: The first "Wilhelm Tell" coin
« on: May 23, 2018, 01:26:26 AM »
A few weeks ago Switzerland issued a 50 fr gold coin dedicated to the legendary hero William or Wilhelm Tell. Oddly enough, this is the very first Swiss coin that honors this character who is quite popular in the country.

The coin was designed by Angelo Boog who modeled it after Ferdinand Hodler's Tell painting from 1897. (Side note: This year is the 100th anniversary of Hodler's death; he was already honored on a 5 fr coin in 1980.) Gold/Au900, 11.29g, Ø 25mm, mintage 4,500 (proof only). face value 50 fr, issue price was 580 fr ...

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Re: Switzerland 2018: The first "Wilhelm Tell" coin
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2018, 01:27:34 AM »
Now why is this the first Tell coin? Because an earlier one was made but not issued. :)  In 1955 Switzerland decided to make gold coins featuring Tell (25 fr) and the Rütlischwur (50 fr). In that year, and in 1956 and 1959, five million 25 fr coins and two million 50 fr coins per year were minted, so the Tell coin alone had been produced with a total volume of 15 million. For various mostly economic reasons, however, the coins stayed in the central bank's vaults - and about ten years ago, they were melted down. The central bank decided to keep 20,000 pieces per year and denomination, but again, not for the public. (Images from the Swissmint website.)

Another coin that some people believe is a Tell piece is the 5 fr circulation coin, first minted in 1922. (Today the coin is much lighter, and Cu-Ni instead of silver.) The man with the hood is simply an Alphirt (alpine shepherd), but I guess that those who missed their Wilhelm Tell coin simply wanted to see one in that guy ...

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Re: Switzerland 2018: The first "Wilhelm Tell" coin
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2018, 09:58:36 AM »
Another coin that some people believe is a Tell piece is the 5 fr circulation coin, first minted in 1922. (Today the coin is much lighter, and Cu-Ni instead of silver.) The man with the hood is simply an Alphirt (alpine shepherd)

SCWC also describes Obverse of 5 Francs coin as William Tell.

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Re: Switzerland 2018: The first "Wilhelm Tell" coin
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2018, 11:21:59 AM »
SCWC also describes Obverse of 5 Francs coin as William Tell.

Certainly not the only mistake in the SCWC ...

D-15) Is the image on the 5-franc piece Wilhelm Tell?
The 5-franc piece depicts an Alpine herdsman, not Tell. The first drafts of the coin designer, Paul Burkhard, clearly show this.

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More, in German, about the 25 and 50 fr non-coins :) from the 1950s ...
http://www.swissmint.ch/d/downloads/dokumentation/numis_beri/25-50-FR-GOLDMUENZEN.pdf
... and more, also in German, about the 5 fr coin:
http://www.swissmint.ch/d/downloads/dokumentation/numis_beri/5FR-BURK.pdf

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