20 Rappen Coat of arms

Features

Country Switzerland
Period Federal State (1848-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1850-1859
Value 20 Rappen (0.20 CHF)
Currency Franc (1850-date)
Composition Billon (15% silver)
Weight 3.25 g
Diameter 21.05 mm
Thickness 1.05 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 06-30-1886
Number N# 176
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References HMZ 2# 1207,
Jürg Richter, Ruedi Kunzmann; 2006. Der neue HMZ-Katalog / Band. 2. Die Münzen der Schweiz und Liechtensteins : 15./16. Jahrhundert bis Gegenwart. Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
Divo/Tob19# 310,
Jean-Paul Divo, Edwin Tobler; 1967. Die Münzen der Schweiz im 19. Und 20. Jahrhundert. Bank Leu AG, Zürich, Switzerland.
KM# 7,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Schön# 19,
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.
Y# 22
Richard S. Yeoman, Arthur L. Friedberg; 2007. A Catalog of Modern World Coins : 1850-1964 (14th edition). Whitman Publishing Company, Atlanta, USA.
And 1 more volumes.

Series: Coat of arms series

Obverse

Coat of arms of Switzerland on ornate shield. Alpine rose springs behind.

Lettering:
HELVETIA
1850

Designer: Karl Friedrich Voigt

Karl Friedrich Voigt (6 October 1800, Berlin - 13 October 1874, Trieste ) was a German medalist, engraver, gemstone cutter and die sinker. From 1829 to 1855 he was the chief engraver and medalist at the Royal Bavarian Mint in Munich. There, he was a die cutter for numerous coins of the Kingdom of Bavaria. From 1832, he also made coin dies in Munich for the Greek King Otto I, of the House of Wittelsbach, as well as various coins and medals for the Vatican state.

Reverse

Wreath formed of two alpine rose springs with flowers tied with a ribbon below.

Lettering:
20
BB

Designer: Karl Friedrich Voigt

Karl Friedrich Voigt (6 October 1800, Berlin - 13 October 1874, Trieste ) was a German medalist, engraver, gemstone cutter and die sinker. From 1829 to 1855 he was the chief engraver and medalist at the Royal Bavarian Mint in Munich. There, he was a die cutter for numerous coins of the Kingdom of Bavaria. From 1832, he also made coin dies in Munich for the Greek King Otto I, of the House of Wittelsbach, as well as various coins and medals for the Vatican state.

Edge

Plain.

Mints

B Bern, Switzerland (1225-date)
BB Strasbourg, France

Comments

Composition:

Three different alloys were used for this type:
1850-1851: 15% silver, 50% copper, 25% zinc, 10% nickel
1858: 15% silver, 75% copper, 5% zinc, 5% nickel
1859: 15% silver, 65% copper, 10% zinc, 10% nickel

According to Richter and Kuntzman, "Neuer HMZ-katalog", 2011, the alloys were different:
1850-1851: 15% silver, 50% copper, 25% zinc, 10% nickel
1858-1859: 15% silver, 75% copper, 5% zinc, 5% nickel

Mintmark varieties:

B mintmark variety:
Mint: Bern
Mintmark: B on reverse

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BB mintmark variety:
Mint: Strasbourg
Mintmark: BB monogram on reverse
Mint master: baron Alfred Renouard de Bussière
Mint master's mark: bee at the bottom left
Chief engraver: Jean-Jacques Barre
Engraver's mark: greyhound head at the bottom right

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1850 BB 11 559 783 2.31 1.22 7.91 8.51 77%
1851 BB 8% (fr) très rare
1858 B 1 548 000 7.98 32.94 15%
1859 B 2 776 000 7.91 10.95 28%

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