Bern (1816) 40 batzen KM-181.1

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UBS sale 85, lot 1692
Sincona sale 1, lot 1794
The first specimen was lot 1692 in UBS sale 85 (Zurich, September 2010), where it sold for 300 CHF (about US$342 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Helvetische Republik Bern 40 Batzen o. J. Gegenstempel auf Laubtaler 1775, Lille. Münze: Sehr schön. Ggst. Sehr schön-vorzüglich." (Switzerland, canton of Bern, 40 batzen counterstamp on French écu of 1775, Lille mint. Coin: Very Fine, counterstamp: Very Fine-Extremely Fine.)
The second specimen was lot 1746 in SINCONA sale 1 (Zurich, June 2011), where it sold for 275 CHF ($383 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[2] noted,
"SCHWEIZ Bern Taler o. J. Französischer Taler 1789 mit Berner Gegenstempel 40 Batzen. Brustbild Ludwig XVI nach links, kleines Bernerwappen hinter dem Kopf eingestempelt Rv. Gekröntes Lilienwappen zwischen zwei Lorbeerzweigen, 40 BZ auf dem rechten Zweig auf dem Kopf stehend eingestempelt. D.T. 509, HMZ 2-231. Just. Fast sehr schön. (Switzerland, Bern, 40 batzen counterstamp on 1789 écu of Louis XVI, Limoges mint. Nice very fine.)"

The SCWC notes that over half a million French écus of the eighteenth century were counterstamped in 1816-19 for circulation in Bern and that all but about 5,000 were melted by the 1850's. Ecus of Louis XVI are the most common host coin but écus of Louis XV are also recorded.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, the first specimen 28,98 g, the second specimen 29,01 g.

Catalog reference: D.T. 32, HMZ 2-231a, KM 181.1.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]UBS Auction 85: Gold and Silver Coins, Zurich: UBS AG, 2010.
  • [2]SINCONA AG (Swiss International Coin Auction Co.), Munzen, Medaillen & Banknoten Auktion 1, Zurich, 2011.

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