Switzerland 1851-A 1/2 franc

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Sincona sale 35, lot 5577
This specimen was lot 5577 in Sincona sale 35 (Zurich, October 2016), where it sold for 300 CHF (about US$356 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Confederation, 1/2 Franken 1851. Fast FDC. (Swiss confederation, half franc of 1851. About uncirculated.)"
This type was struck at the Paris mint 1850-51. This specimen is struck to the standard of the French fifty centimes of 1806-64. One, two and five francs were also issued. Despite the large mintage, it is scarce.

Recorded mintage: 4,500,000 for 1850-51.

Specification: 2.5 g, .900 fine silver, this specimen: 2.49 g.

Catalog reference: Divo 14, HMZ 2-1205b, KM 8.


  • [1]Jürg Richter, Schweizer Münzen und Medaillen vom Mittelalter bis in die Neuzeit, Auktion 35, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2016.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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