Helvetian Republic 1801-B 4 franken Dav-359
This specimen was lot 3894 in Sincona sale 20 (Zurich, October 2014), where it sold for CHF 800 (about US$1,003 including buyer's fees). The catalog description noted, "[Helvetian Rep.] 4 Franken 1801. Gutes vorzüglich. (good extremely fine.)" The Helvetian Republic was a puppet state set up by the French in 1798 on the remnants of the old Swiss Confederation. Napoleon annexed it outright in 1803. Most of its issues are rare and expensive.
Recorded mintage: unknown but few.
Specification: silver, this specimen 29.29 g.
Catalog reference: D.T.5b, HMZ 2-1185h, [[Silver crowns by Davenport number}Dav-359]], KM A10.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- 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.
- Richter, Jürg, Numismatic Coins & Medals: Auction 20, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2014.