Switzerland 1909-B 2 francs

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Sincona sale 51, lot 4281
This specimen was lot 4281 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it sold for 1,300 CHF (about US$1,568 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"2 Franken 1909 B, Bern. NGC MS66. Prachtexemplar. (Swiss confederation, two francs of 1909, Bern mint. Cabinet piece.)"
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 scarce date in high grade. Prior to confederation in 1850, each Swiss canton issued its own coins.

Recorded mintage: 300,000 plus specimens.

Specification: 10 g, .835 fine silver, 27.4 mm diameter, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: KM 21, Divo 257, HMZ 2-1202o.


  • 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.
  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 51: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018.

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