Switzerland 1851-BB 20 rappen

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Heritage sale 3049, lot 31595
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This specimen was lot 31595 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $2,585. The catalog description[1] noted, "Confederation 20 Rappen 1851-BB MS64 PCGS, Strasbourg mint. As with many of the coins in this collection, this piece is the rarest issue of the type. Boldly struck, with fully lustrous, satiny surfaces. A hint of russet patina, with only minor spotting. Only a single piece has been certified finer by PCGS and NGC. From the Redwood Collection, Part II." This type was struck 1850-51 at Strasbourg and 1858-59 at Bern. When the twenty rappen was resumed in 1881, it was a nickel coin.

Recorded mintage: 11,559,783 for 1850-51.

Specification: billon, plain edge.

Catalog reference: KM 7, HMZ-21209b.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.

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