Geneva 1794-TB genevoise Dav-1768

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Stack's Bowers November 2015 sale, lot 39662
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This specimen was lot 39662 in Stack's Bowers Winter sale (Baltimore, November 2015), where it sold for $705. The catalog description[1] noted, "SWITZERLAND. Geneva. Taler, 1794-TB. NGC AU-58. Also known as a Genevoise (10 Decimes). Intriguing portrait with a castle nestled in Liberty's hair. Reverse legend reads: 'Apres Les Tenebres la Lumiere'. The phrase came to be adopted as the Calvinist motto, and was subsequently adopted as the motto of the entire Protestant Reformation. It was initially used by John Calvin's adopted city of Geneva on their coins. Somewhat toned with residual luster lurking beneath. Very little actual wear, a few minor flan flaws seen along the obverse rim. Premium quality for this normally well worn type." This type was struck during a French-sponsored revolution which toppled the old oligarchy. This issue was accompanied by half and one décime pieces, also scarce.

Recorded mintage: 17,000.

Specification: silver, this specimen 30,56 g.

Catalog reference: HMZ-2-339g; Divo-162, KM-98, Dav-1768.


  • Richter, Juerg, and Ruedi Kunzmann, Neuer HMZ-Katalog, Band 2: Die Münzen der Schweiz und Liechtensteins 15//16. Jahrhundert bis Gegenwart, Regenstauf, Germany: H. Gietl Verlag GmbH, 2006.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Todd McKenna, The November 2015 Baltimore Auction, World Coins and Paper Money, featuring the Ray Czabor Collection and selections from the Strong Museum, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2015.

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