Swiss Confederation, 10 Rappen 1880

The last Swiss coins of small denominations containing silver were minted in 1876. The following issues were made from copper and nickel. At the same time, the small coins got a new motif: The head of Helvetia wearing a diadem with the inscription LIBERTAS was used for the first time in 1879 on pieces of 10- and 5-rappen; the coins of 20 rappen bear the liberty head since 1881. This coin image has been used without any changes ever since. The engraver Karl Schwenzer from W├╝rttemberg cut the dies for these coins.