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This article is about the official Swiss mint. Unrelated thereto, "Swissmint" is also the name of a Canadian financial services company.
The Swissmint building.

Swissmint is the official mint of the Swiss Confederation. It is responsible for manufacturing Swiss franc coins, both of the currency and bullion variety. Apart from making coins for the government, Swissmint also manufactures medals and commemorative coins for private customers.

Swissmint is an agency of the Swiss federal government. It is part of the Federal Finance Administration, which in turn belongs to the Federal Department of Finance. Since 1998, the Official Mint of the Confederation operates as an independent business unit under the name Swissmint. As of 2005, Swissmint has 21 employees.

The mint's building is a heritage site of national significance.[1] It was built in 1903–06 based on designs by Theodor Gohl to replace an older building at the Gerberngraben. The sober, industrial-style yellow brick building is fronted by a Neo-Renaissance façade in marble and sandstone.[2]

Notes and references

  1. ^ Swiss inventory of cultural property of national and regional significance (1995), p. 105.
  2. ^ "100 Jahre Eidg. Münzstätte im Kirchenfeld". swissmintinfo 2/2006 (in German) (Swissmint). p. 5. 

See also

External links

  • Official website
  • (German) Federal Finance Administration website on Swissmint

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