Bern 1835 4 franken Dav-370

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Sincona sale 6, lot 2385
This specimen was lot 2385 in Sincona sale 6 (Zurich, May 2012), where it sold for 1,000 CHF (about US$1,230 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"SCHWEIZ Sammlung Dr. Charles Froidevaux Bern Neutaler 1835. Gekröntes Berner Wappen in einem vertieften Oval. Rv. Krieger mit Hut und Langschwert in einem vertieften Oval, unten die Jahreszahl. FDC. (Switzerland, Bern, new thaler of 1835. Obverse: crowned arms of Bern in oval; reverse: warrior with hat and longsword in oval, date below; uncirculated.)"
This and KM 190 are the only thalers struck by Bern between the departure of the French (1815) and confederation (1848). It is variously catalogued as a thaler, a four franken and a forty batzen, all much the same thing. It is accompanied by a half thaler.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.

Specification: silver; this specimen is 29,34 g.

Catalog reference: Laubrand. D.T. 30a, HMZ 2-230a, Dav-370, KM 199.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 6, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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