Switzerland 1901-B 2 francs

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40801
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 40801 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $11,750. The catalog description[1] noted, "SWITZERLAND. 2 Franc, 1901-B. NGC MS-64. Gem RARE Date 2 Franc VERY RARE date in this superb state of presentation. Light smokey gray toning, sharply struck." This type was struck at the Bern mint starting in 1874 and the design is still in use today tho the coin is now nickel. This specimen is struck to the standard of the French two francs of 1866-1920. Many of the dates from the twentieth century are very common but this one is rare. Confederation coinage commenced in 1850; prior to that, each canton struck its own coinage.

Recorded mintage: 50,000.

Specification: 10 g, .835 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM-21.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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