Bern 1789 4 kreuzer

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Sincona sale 39, lot 4583
Sincona sale 64, lot 3151
The first specimen was lot 4583 in Sincona sale 39 (Zurich, May 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Bern. Batzen 1789. FDC. Kleine Schrötlingsfehler. (canton of Bern, batzen of 1789. Uncirculated. Minor planchet defects.)"
The second specimen was lot 3151 in Sincona sale 64 (Zurich, June 2020), where it sold for 200 CHF (about US$251 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"SWITZERLAND | Bern | Stadt und Kanton, Batzen 1789, Bern. FDC. Prachtvolle Erhaltung mit herrlicher Patina. (city and canton of Bern, batzen of 1789, Bern mint. Uncirculated, Beautiful condition with magnificent patina.)"
Bern, one of the cantons of Switzerland, struck coins fairly steadily throughout the eighteenth century altho thalers are scarce. The coinage was interrupted by Napoleonic occupation but resumed in 1817. In 1839, the coinage was decimalized to 100 centimes = one franc and one, two, four, ten and twenty-five centimes were issued, all in billon. This type was struck 1717, 1754 and 1765-98 and this is a common date. Four kreuzer = 1 batzen = 1/40 of a thaler. In 1848, Bern was incorporated into the reformed Swiss Confederation and coinage for the individual cantons ceased.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 2.42 g.

Catalog reference: D.T. 524m, HMZ 2-223l, KM 87.


  • Richter, Juerg, and Ruedi Kunzmann, Neuer HMZ-Katalog, Band 2: Die Münzen der Schweiz und Liechtensteins 15//16. Jahrhundert bis Gegenwart, Regenstauf, Germany: H. Gietl Verlag GmbH, 2006.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Jürg Richter, Auction 39, World coins and medals, coins and medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.
  • [2]Richter, Jurg, Sincona sale 64: Swiss Coins and Medals, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2020.

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