Bern 1798 4 kreuzer
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 the most 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. The second specimen was lot 3114 in Sincona sale 59 (Zurich, October 2019), where it sold for 120 CHF (about US$145 including buyer's fees). The catalog description noted,
"SWITZERLAND | Bern | Stadt und Kanton, Batzen 1798, Bern. FDC. Prachtvolle Erhaltung. (Switzerland, canton of Bern, batzen of 1798, Bern mint. Uncirculated, Magnificent condition.)"The third specimen was lot 71657 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, February 2020), where it sold for $100. The catalog description noted, "SWITZERLAND. Bern. 24 Kreuzer, 1798. PCGS MS-65 Gold Shield. Also valued as 1 Batzen. City coinage issue with the traditional Bernese bear facing left on the obverse. Every hair in the bear's coat is fully defined."
Recorded mintage: unknown but not rare.
Specification: billon (low grade silver), the second specimen 2.62 g.
Catalog reference: D.T. 524r, HMZ 2-223q, KM 87.
- 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.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 59: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.
- Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The February 2020 Collector's Choice sale: World and Ancient Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2020.