Switzerland 1934-B 1/2 franc
This specimen was lot 23642 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $45. The catalog description noted, "SWITZERLAND. 1/2 Franc, 1934B. NGC MS-66. Well struck, blast white and fully lustrous." 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 fifty centimes of 1866-1920. This is a common date. Prior to confederation in 1850, each Swiss canton issued its own coins.
Recorded mintage: 2,000,000.
Specification: 2.5 g, .835 fine silver, .067 troy oz ASW, 18.2 mm diameter, reeded edge.
Catalog reference: KM-23.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.