Geneva 1844 25 centimes
This specimen was lot 23317 in Stack's Bowers ANA Auction (Denver, CO, August 2017), where it sold for $90. The catalog description noted, "SWITZERLAND. Geneva. 25 Centimes, 1844. PCGS MS-64+ Secure Holder. Sharply struck with light attractive toning and strong underlying luster." Geneva, one of the cantons of Switzerland, struck coins sporadically throughout the eighteenth century (see Dav-1769). 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. None are rare today. In 1848, Geneva was incorporated into the reformed Swiss Confederation and coinage for the individual cantons ceased. This type was accompanied by a billon ten centimes and a one centime.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: KM-129.
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