Switzerland 1899-B 1/2 franc
This specimen was lot 34342 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $329. The catalog description noted, "Confederation 1/2 Franc 1899-B MS64 ANACS, Bern mint. Graced by colorful mottled toning that is primarily blueish and orange. This near-Gem coins has plenty of luster that really 'pops'. From the Redwood Collection, Part II." This type was struck at the Bern mint 1874-1967. The design is still in use today tho the coin is now copper-nickel. This specimen is struck to the standard of the French half franc of 1866-1920. This date is a fairly common. Prior to confederation in 1850, each Swiss canton issued its own coins.
Recorded mintage: 400,000 plus specimens.
Specification: 2.5 g, .835 fine silver, .067 troy oz ASW, 18.1 mm diameter, reeded edge.
Catalog reference: KM 23.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- 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.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.