With the entry into force of the Federal Act of 22 December 1999 on Currency and Payment Instruments (CPIA; SR 941.10) on 1 May 2000, the authorisation requirement relating to the manufacture or importation of coin-like objects was lifted; an authorisation as provided for in Article 8 paragraph 1 of the Federal Act of 18 December 1970 on Coinage is no longer required. Accordingly, the (preliminary) examination is no longer carried out by the FFA, as was the case under the old law. The FFA is no longer responsible for this; nor is it responsible for the publication of corresponding fact sheets which set out the administrative practice. The fact sheet of 1 May 2000 and the later supplement of 15 November 2000 are subsequently no longer applicable.
Anyone who manufactures, imports, offers or circulates coin-like objects must take responsibility for ensuring that the applicable legal provisions are complied with. These include in particular Article 11 of the CPIA, Article 243 of the Criminal Code (SCC, SR 311.0), the Coat of Arms Protection Act (CAPA, SR 232.21) and the Precious Metals Control Act (PMCA, SR 941.31). The present information is based on the materials and corresponding literature indicated in the text or appendix.
1.2. Purpose of the information basis
This information basis contains only references to potentially applicable provisions (see section 2). The application of these and any other provisions of relevance to specific individual 2/5 cases is the sole responsibility of the parties concerned. The FFA does not make any assessments in this respect. The application of the above provisions and their interpretation is the responsibility of the competent prosecution authorities or courts. If there are any uncertainties regarding the application of the provisions mentioned, we recommend that you contact the competent authorities listed below (see sections 2.4 and 2.5) or experts or a law firm you trust.