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Switzerland 5, 10, and 20 Rappen  1879 to Date
Switzerland 5, 10, and 20 Rappen 1879 to Date

Just about all of Swiss 5, 10, and 20 rappen coins are minted in copper nickel. The one in our picture is special ~~ it is minted in brass. Copper nickel coins are lighter in color, but the pattern is the same. Some coins were also minted in aluminum brass, which takes on a golden color.

These long-running series have a few special dates, but most are worth less than $1 US dollar in average circulated condition. Here is a run-down on these three coin series. Values shown are for coins in well preserved condition, like our picture. If your coin is not a nice as the picture, it will be worth substantially less. If your coin is fully, absoluately uncirculated, then it will be worth about twice these values:

5 RAPPEN
after 1960: less than $1 US dollar
1906 to 1959: $5 catalog value
1879 to 1905: $15 catalog value
coins dated 1887: $150
coins dated 1889: $150
coins dated 1918 in brass: $40

10 RAPPEN
after 1944: less than $1 US dollar
1906 to 1943: $3 catalog value
1879 to 1905: $12 catalog value
coins dated 1879: $35
coins dated 1896: very rare, value not known
coins dated 1897: $35
coins dated 1898: $35
coins dated 1899: $35
coins dated 1915: $15
coins dated 1918 in brass: $50
coins dated 1919 in brass: $100

20 RAPPEN
after 1928: less than $1 US dollar
1900 to 1927: $10 catalog value
1881 to 1899: $12 catalog value
coins dated 1887: $35
coins dated 1927: $15

You don't see fully uncirculated coins very much. They are, by definition, in someone's coin collection. Otherwise they would be circulated. Also, you must use our Important Terminology page to undertsand what the 'catalog values' quote above mean.

About 'Helvetica' from Wikipedia: The area occupied by the Helvetii, the namesakes of the later Confoederatio Helvetica, first became part of Rome's Gallia Belgica province and then of its Germania Superior province, while the eastern portion of modern Switzerland was integrated into the Roman province of Raetia.

Coin: 2757 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: Curt, Sat, 23-Jan-2010 15:35:20 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Thu, 23-May-2013 12:57:44 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Thu, 23-May-2013 12:57:44 GMT
Requester description: 1912 CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 10, WITH A MINT MARK OF B
Tags: switzerland 5 10 20 rappen confoederatio confederation helvetica mint mark confoederato confederacion confedaraction confederatio confedertio confederato confoedertio helvetische switz helvetia swiss helvetic deutschemark marke dutchemark markt deuchmark marks marc marck lady woman empress lsdy femal women female feminine womans females womens ladys princess girl ladies wreath

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Thanks for great information and now I know what to do with my coins. Joe from Glen Mills PA - Joe Sheldon

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