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Swiss coins


For centuries, Swiss coins and banknotes present on obverse a woman or head of a woman - Helvetia or Libertas. Helvetia is the female personification of Switzerland on coins 1,2 and 5 Francs. Usually portrayed as a woman in a dress with a spear and a shield decorated with the Swiss flag. Her braided hair or wreath symbolize Swiss confederation. The name is derived from the Helvetii - Gallic tribe residing Swiss plateau before the Roman conquest. On the other hand, Libertas was the Roman goddess and embodiment of liberty put on obverse of small coins 5, 10, 20, 50 centimes.

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", "Confoderatio Helvetica" (depending on the denomination) or the inscription "Libertas".

Swiss franc is divided into 100: Rappen (Rp.) in German, centime (c.) in French, centesimo (ct.) in Italian, and rap (rp.) in Romansh.

Presently there are 7 coins in circulation: