Switzerland 1908-B 2 francs
This specimen was lot 31620 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $1,410. The catalog description noted, "Confederation 2 Francs 1908-B MS62 PCGS, Bern mint. Mottled, light toning, with boldly struck devices. The fields are nicely prooflike, the devices frosted, and the surfaces display a few light marks. 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 two francs of 1866-1920. This date is a rare date in high grade. Prior to confederation in 1850, each Swiss canton issued its own coins.
Recorded mintage: 200,000 plus specimens.
Specification: 10 g, .835 fine silver, 27.4 mm diameter, reeded edge.
Catalog reference: KM 21, HMZ-21202n.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th 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.