Bern 1794 2 duplone Fr-181

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Stack's Bowers 2014 ANA sale, lor 1626
photo courtesy Stack's Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 1626 in Stack's Bowers ANA auction (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $1,997.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "SWITZERLAND. Bern. 2 Duplone, 1794. PCGS MS-62 Secure Holder. Seldom seen two year type. Bright mint luster. From the Ervin F. Bickley Collection of Swiss Coins." This expensive type is listed for 1793-95 while the canton was under the domination of the French revolution. In Geneva, this coin was a double pistole; in Luzern, a 24 munzgulden, in Solothurn, a double duplone. The coin is modeled on a double louis d'or of France.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 15.82 g, .900 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-181; KM-144.1; HMZ-2-211b.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The August 2014 Chicago ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the David O'Harrow Collection, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.

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