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Coins of Switzerland

Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country, home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps. Its cities contain medieval quarters, with landmarks like capital Bern?s Zytglogge clock tower and Lucerne's wooden chapel bridge. The country is also known for its ski resorts and hiking trails. Banking and finance are key industries, and Swiss watches and chocolate are world renowned.


Prince-Bishopric of Basel, Switzerland, Early - Mid 13th Century

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Basel is a city on the Rhine River in northwest Switzerland, close to the country’s borders with France and Germany. Its medieval old town centers around Marktplatz, dominated by the 16th-century, red-sandstone Town Hall. Its 12th-century Gothic cathedral has city views, and contains the tomb of the 16th-century Dutch scholar, Erasmus. The city’s university houses some of Erasmus' works.
ME92005. Silver bracteate pfennig, HMZ Schweiz 1-212a, Coraggioni -, gVF, lightly toned, uneven strike with weak area, weight 0.375 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, Bistum Basel mint, early - mid 13th century; obverse six-pointed star, with pellet within annulet at center; reverse incuse of obverse; ex CNG e-auction 231 (14 Apr 2010); ex Jörg Müller Collection; ex Giessener Münzhandlung auction 32 (12 Nov 1985), lot 1831; SOLD


Geneva, Switzerland, 16th Century

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WO51714. Billon Sol, Neuer HMZ II 303, VF, weight 1.467 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 0o, Geneva mint, illegible date; obverse GENEVA CIVITAS, Geneva coat of arms; reverse POST TENEBRAS LUX, voided and forked cross; scarce; SOLD


Prince-Bishopric of Basel, Switzerland, Bishop Johann II Senn von Müsingen, 1335 - 1365

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Bracteates were struck with only one die on top of a piece of leather, resulting in a one-sided coin with an incuse of the obverse on the reverse.
ME49636. Silver bracteate pfennig, Wüthrich 31, Wielandt Basel 117, aEF, weight 0.294 g, maximum diameter 20.9 mm, Basel diocese mint, obverse head of a Bishop left, wearing miter, annulet above, three pellets before and behind miter, B - A (Basel) across field; reverse incuse of obverse; SOLD


Geneva, Switzerland, c. 1530

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WO51713. Billon quart, Neuer HMZ 2-306f, no date, * mint mark, gVF, toned, weight 0.598 g, maximum diameter 10.0 mm, die axis 180o, Geneva mint, obverse * GENEVA CIVITAS *, Geneva coat of arms, two-headed imperial eagle above; reverse POST TENEBRAS LUX, forked cross; scarce; SOLD








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REFERENCES|

Krause, C. & C. Mishler. Standard Catalog of World Coins. (Iola, WI, 2010 - ).
Kunzmann, R. & J. Richter. Neuer HMZ-Katalog: Die Münzen der Schweiz und Liechtensteins 15./16. (Regenstauf, 2006).
Münzen und Medaillen AG, Basel Auktion 45, Sammlung Gottlieb Wüthrich, 1971.
Wielandt, F. Schweizerische Muenzkataloge VI. Die Basler Muenzpraegung von der Merowingerzeit bis zur Verpfaendung der bischoeflichen Muenze an die Stadt im Jahr 1373. (Bern, 1971).

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