Bern 1770 4 kreuzer

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Sincona sale 39, lot 4576
This specimen was lot 4576 in Sincona sale 39 (Zurich, May 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Bern, Batzen 1770. Sehr selten in dieser Erhaltung. Fast FDC. (canton of Bern, batzen of 1770. Very rare in this condition. About uncirculated.)"
Bern, one of the cantons of Switzerland, struck coins fairly steadily throughout the eighteenth century altho thalers are scarce. The coinage was interrupted by Napoleonic occupation but resumed in 1817. In 1839, the coinage was decimalized to 100 centimes = one franc and one, two, four, ten and twenty-five centimes were issued, all in billon. This type was struck 1717, 1754 and 1765-98 and this is a common date. Four kreuzer = 1 batzen = 1/40 of a thaler. In 1848, Bern was incorporated into the reformed Swiss Confederation and coinage for the individual cantons ceased.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 2.41 g.

Catalog reference: D.T. 524e, HMZ 2-223e, KM 87.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Jürg Richter, Auction 39, World coins and medals, coins and medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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