Swiss Parliament Examines ‘Gold Franc’ Currency Today

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Swiss Parliament Examines ‘Gold Franc’ Currency Today

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Swiss Parliament Examines ‘Gold Franc’ Currency Today

A panel of the Swiss parliament is discussing the introduction of the parallel ‘Gold franc’ currency.

Bloomberg has picked up on the news which was reported by Neue Luzerner Zeitung.

The Swiss parliament panel will discuss a proposal aimed at introducing a new currency, or a so-called gold franc.

Under the proposal, which will be debated in the lower house’s economic panel in Bern today, one coin in gold would be worth about 5 Swiss francs ($5.30), the Swiss newspaper reported. The Swiss franc would remain the official currency, the paper said.

The proposal may lead to a wider debate about the Swiss franc and the role gold might again play to protect the Swiss franc from currency debasement.

The initiative is part of the “Healthy Currency” campaign which is being promoted by the country’s biggest party – the conservative Swiss People’s Party (SVP).

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The party is reflecting Swiss people’s concerns about the Eurozone and global financial turmoil and the growing risk of inflation and seeking to reverse the government’s current policy on gold – which is that the Swiss franc is a fiat currency, like all modern currencies and is not backed by gold but by the promises of politicians and bankers.

Buying gold bullion coins and bars and gold certificates requires professional advice in Switzerland and some other countries and banks are the largest providers.  Even the smallest gold coins can cost a few hundred francs.

One of the new gold francs, on the other hand, with a gold content of 0.1 grams, could be purchased for just 5 francs (at current prices) and would mean that gold became more widely owned by ordinary people in Switzerland and could even become a medium of exchange as is happening in Utah, Montana, Missouri, Colorado, Idaho and Indiana in the U.S where gold has become legal tender again or is set to become legal tender again.

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Colombian Gringo's picture

Brilliant move by the Swiss, if they have the guts to do it. It would do wonders to restore confidence in their banking system and reputation, especially after UBS threw their US customers under the bus.

GeneMarchbanks's picture

They want to be insulated from the currency wars ragin' presently. Can't hide behind the Euro for ever. Could just be demagoguery though.

flacon's picture

Under the proposal one coin in gold would be worth about 5 Swiss francs ($5.30)


So that's 1/10th of a gram of gold in the coin? Can you say "gold plated"? Call me when they start making real gold coins.


When will governments learn that you can't stamp the value on a gold coin,  you can only stamp the weight. 


hoos bin pharteen's picture

Yeah.  That one opens the door to massive counterfeiting.  They need to go at least with the purity of the Krugerrand and simply start with larger denominations.  .1 ounce seems like a good starting point. 


Seb's picture

0.1 grams of pure gold would be a cube with a side (edge) of 1.73 mm (0.068 inch - a little more than 1/16 inches).

Sojourner.'s picture

Thats why you need silver coins also.

NewThor's picture

A currency made of Gold and Chocolate cannot fail!

Captain Benny's picture

The gold being a record of account and the chocolate helping to keep the peace with hormonal women everywhere... Damn those Swiss are smart.

zilverreiger's picture

Dont forget it's the US throwing it's citizens under the bus.

engineertheeconomy's picture

There is no such thing as United States, there are only UNITED BANKERS

omniversling's picture

May need some guts...last one that tried that was Ghaddaffi with the gold did that finish for him..though the Swissies don't have oil I spose..

GetZeeGold's picture



Word is Hillary Clinton killed him with her bare hands.


Colombian Gringo's picture

and then Skull Fucked him, since Hillary is really Kissinger  in Drag.

Vince Clortho's picture

Hilary / Kissinger.  Neither one of them sports any swingin sausage.

JustObserving's picture

China should introduce such a coin containing 0.1 grams of gold.  That would only be 33.6 yuan at current exchange rates.

And a Rs. 295 gold coin will be a big hit in India.

As fiat currencies crash and burn, it makes sense to introduce gold and silver coins.



boogerbently's picture

It's starting!

A return to some sort of "Gold Standard". Then they'll run the price of gold UP   :)

ISEEIT's picture

Trouble is though that in Hell, good=bad.

The Swiss ought to instigate a lottery where 'citizinism' is the prize.

Natural selection meets central planning and central planning loses..


It is a bargin my friend's picture

Sensbile policy suggestion alert...close borders invasion imminent

NewThor's picture

Suggestions don't solve problems, bro.

AUD's picture

One gold coin worth 5 francs!?

That's one seriously small coin or they are deliberately overvaluing the franc v gold.

This proposal is DOA, probably why they are proposing it.

CPL's picture

Funny how math and value always pop up in economics.  At least humans are consistent.  


The Swiss are as stupid as every other slob walking the planet and just as involved in the governance of their own lives.

ThirdWorldDude's picture

Or they simply know which way the gold is going and want to protect Switzerland.


If you've read the article, the proposition says that the coins will have 0.1g of gold, which at today's price is 4 euros or 4.8 francs. Toss in the value of the other metal and the minting costs etc. and you'll see that it's a reasonable price. 

AUD's picture

No, I don't usually read this GoldCore stuff, nothing particularly revealing.

0.1g is a very diluted coin, so I'd still say DOA. Silver would be a much better medium for such small amounts.

ThirdWorldDude's picture

You don't need to read 'this GoldCore stuff' to see the trends, it's only required that your common sense hasn't been surgically removed...

0.1>0.0 (that's the amount of PM your minted AUD's have) and if I understand the Swiss corectly, I'd say they intend to use this coins as legal tender, i.e. being able to pay for the milk & bread at the convenient store with them, thus the small weight and value of the coins. 

As for the silver, don't worry, it's coming as well once the gold standard has been reintroduced in the economy. 

francis_sawyer's picture

They burned down the gamblin' house

It died with an awful sound...


Smoke on the water... Fire in the sky...

PaperBear's picture

Oh yes, spend the crappy paper Swiss franc and save with the gold Swiss franc.

Quintus's picture

I think the Indians, Chinese and others adopted this strategy first, many many years ago.  It's potential expansion into Western Europe is an interesting development though.  

It might even catch on.

Floodmaster's picture

They're buying Euros by the truckload, buying gold and/or a parallel currency make more sense.

youngman's picture

They have very Pretty bank notes.......

OK...what am I missing....Japan is downgraded.....should be bullish for fiats should go is down today...nothing has changed in the EU..nor in the USA..the world is contracting economies are slowing shall revenues...but spending keeps going up

AUD's picture

An irrational credit bubble?

boogerbently's picture

Two problems.

Gold has been trading like a "commodity", instead of a "safe haven".

DESPITE all our PRINTING, morons believe that a temporary drop in other global currencies means our USDollar is stronger.

In this recession, gold has (roughly) doubled

They'd rather get those MONSTER returns from the govt. dropping every year since 2008


sudzee's picture

If this gets the OK, it would re-value gold to roughly 4400.00 francs per ounce if compared to the "old" 20 franc gold piece.

Currently 20 franc gold gold coin contains .1867 pure.

chubbar's picture

I think they would be in violation of their IMF agreement if they go forward with this coin. The banksters don't like competition or someone with the ability to store wealth without having to pay the vig to the financial community.

dbomb12's picture

Sounds like they are following the example of the Reichsmark before things really get out of hand

Börjesson's picture

The all important question: Will this coin be permanently fixed at about 5 francs, or will they just launch it with that value, and then allow it to float freely based on the value of the gold content? In the first case, it would be meaningless as a currency. People would just hoard the coins and never spend them, in the reasonable expectation that the franc will devalue against gold over time and the coins' metal value will exceed the nominal value. Or maybe that's the whole point, a way of "tricking" the Swiss into saving more?

Overflow-admin's picture

That's an interesting point; I'm sure that the intention is to fix them to 5CHF, not to allow a floating exchange rate (yes, swiss politician rely on dumb people too!).

Another interesting one is the economic value of a .1g gold plated coin (see my comment below).

_underscore's picture

That's entirely the point of gold specie though isn't it? They'll value it at the the prevailing gold price in $ (or whatever) & fix the price of their internal prices against gold, et voila > very little or no inflation.

The crucial fact is the small amount of gold, i.e. 0.1 g, so it's not a mint 'special' bullion or suchlike, but a proper money coin. Very shrewd of them, even to consider it, since that concept is now 'on the table' & will underpin a free floating Swiss France as & when the EUR or USD goes pop.

 I have a couple of the old 20 CHF coins (containing 0.1867 Troy Oz gold) & very attractive they are too - or worth the same as  ~58 new 'gold francs' at current $/gold rates.

Clever old Swiss.

Overflow-admin's picture

Gold plated Francs? Fuck you les parlementaires, I stick to my .999 pure gold ans silver coins. Not a chance anybody accepts gold-plated Francs, IMHO this is an an intellectual insult... how much would it cost to produce and reprocess the .1g Gold per Franc? SWISS POLITICIANS ARE DOUCHEBAGS. DONT EVER LISTEN TO THEM, THEY ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM, NOT THE SOLUTION.

I thank them for their twist that says so much about their corrupt corporatist attitude.

AUD's picture

Like I said this proposal is fully meant to be DOA.

Overflow-admin's picture

Sorry, I didn't read other comments, I had to say that personnaly ^^

J'en ai gros!

chinaguy's picture

Excuse me, but after the Swiss:


a) sold off their gold & stopped backing the CHF with gold

b) let the IRS rape their foreign banking customers

c) pegged the CHF to the EUR

Fuck them - them have lost their cred....& besides watches & chocolate, that was all they had going for them. 

newstreet's picture

10 years ago the SNB was a big seller of gold.  Now they are buyers with gold $1,200 higher in price.  I often wonder who bought all that gold back then.

Vince Clortho's picture

Imagine the domino effect if any country on the planet goes back to a gold standard.


TheTwoJohns's picture

imo backing currency in gold is good. prevents printing press and the borders of normality prevail.

but 0.1g in one coin?? wtf is that?? 

dumbengineer's picture

I wish some smart ZH kid could stand up and explain what the finance industry will become with gold-backed currency ?

Mr. Magniloquent's picture

Breaking News: The U.S. Federal Government discovers Switzerland to be a major hotbed of terrorist training camps, sympathizers, and anti-democracy groups.

TheTwoJohns's picture

a fast reply by FED for Swiss messing with gold and frank. leave it as it is and everybodys happy..

_underscore's picture

Not even Mr Hitler fancied invading the Swiss - a trained 'sniper' in every house. They're the most prepped people in europe.

prole's picture

I also noted that neither Comrade Rosenvelt nor Comrade Stalin chose to roll into Switzerland. Those Chocolat loving Swiss also rode the bench in Euro-Suicide 1, saving their population from the wanton (auto) annihilation.