Bern 1774 1/4 thaler
The first specimen was lot 10743 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $940. The catalog description noted, "SWITZERLAND. Bern. 1/4 Thaler, 1774. PCGS MS-66. Light iridescent toning and very attractive." The type is listed for 1757-60 and 1773-74 and was the largest silver coin issued in the period. The climbing bear is the badge of Bern. The canton of Bern was invaded and occupied by revolutionary French armies in 1794.
Recorded mintage: unknown but not expensive.
Catalog reference: KM-118.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Richter, Juerg, and Ruedi Kunzmann, Neuer HMZ-Katalog, Band 2: Die Münzen der Schweiz und Liechtensteins 15//16. Jahrhundert bis Gegenwart, Regenstauf, Germany: H. Gietl Verlag GmbH, 2006.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.