Switzerland, 5 Francs 1984

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CATALOG INFORMATION
ID Number: MC01-0304
Category: Commemorative Coins
Description: Switzerland, 5 Francs 1984
Country or State: Swiss Confederation
Year: 1984
Period: Confederation (1803 - present)
Head of State/Ruler:  
Reign:  
Currency: Franc
Face Value: 5 Francs
Subject/Theme: Centennial - Birth of Auguste Piccard
Obverse: Value, date and inscription
Obverse Legend: HELVETIA, 1984, 5FR
Obverse Designer:  
Reverse: Stylized designs
Reverse Legend: A. PICCARD 1884-1984
Reverse Designer:  
Edge: DOMINUS PROVIDEBIT (stars)
Note:  
Mint Mark:  
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Diameter: 31.30 mm
Thickness:  
Weight: 13.20 grams
Mintage: 1,012,000
Krause & Mishler Number: KM# 63
Other Catalog Number:  
State of Conservation: Brilliant Uncirculated (BU)
Rarity:  
   

CATALOG VALUE
Proof (Prf) € -
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) € 11.00
Mint State/Mint Condition (MS) € -
Uncirculated (Unc) € 8.00
Extremely Fine (XF) € -
Very Fine (VF) € -
Fine (F) € -
Very Good (VG) € -
Good (G) € -
   

HISTORICAL NOTES

Auguste Antoine Piccard was a Swiss physicist, inventor and explorer.

In 1930, an interest in ballooning, and a curiosity about the upper atmosphere led him to design a spherical, pressurized aluminum gondola that would allow ascent to great altitude without requiring a pressure suit. Supported by the Belgian Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS) Piccard constructed his gondola.

On 27 May 1931, Auguste Piccard and Paul Kipfer took off from Augsburg, Germany, and reached a record altitude of 15,785 m. During this flight, Piccard was able to gather substantial data on the upper atmosphere, as well as measure cosmic rays. On 18 August 1932, launched from Dübendorf, Switzerland, Piccard and Max Cosyns made a second record-breaking ascent to 16,200 m. He ultimately made a total of twenty-seven balloon flights, setting a final record of 23,000 m.