½ Kreuzer

Features

Country City of Bern
Ruling authority Free imperial city (1353-1648)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1547-1559 (1501-1600)
Value 1/2 Kreuzer = 1 Vierer (1/320)
Currency Guldiner (1492-1601)
Composition Billon
Weight 0.46 g
Diameter 17 mm
Shape Round
Demonetized Yes
References HMZ 1# 2-178
Jürg Richter, Ruedi Kunzmann; 2006. Der neue HMZ-Katalog / Band. 1. Die Münzen der Schweiz : Antike bis Mittelalter. Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.

Obverse

Eagle above bear facing left within circle, date in legend.

Lettering: ✠ MONE: BERNS : 1550 :

Reverse

Cross within circle.

Lettering: ✠ BERCTOL · D · ZERINGE :

Comments

Examples of varieties of this type:

Variety ND #1:
Obverse: Continuous circle; lettering: ✠ MONE · BERNENSIS
Reverse: Pearled circle; lettering: ✠ BERCHT · D · ZERI COND
Example ND #1 (0.69g, Extremely Fine - Uncirculated):

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◦ Auctioned by SINCONA AG, Auction 30, 20 May 2016, Lot 3544. Sold for 1,100 CHF.

Variety 1548:
Obverse: Pearled circle; lettering: ✠ MONE: BERNENS : 1548 :
Reverse: Pearled circle; lettering: ✠ BERCTOL · D · ZERI (...)
Example 1548 #1 (0.66g):

© Image courtesy of SINCONA AG:
◦ Auctioned by SINCONA AG, Auction 53, 25 October 2018, Lot 6179. Evaluated at 500 CHF, unsold.

Variety 1549:
Obverse: Continuous circle; lettering: ✠ MONE · BERNENS · 49 ·
Reverse: Continuous circle; lettering: ✠ BERCTOL · D · ZERINGE :
Example 1549 #1 (0.64g, Very Fine - Extremely Fine):

© Image courtesy of SINCONA AG:
◦ Auctioned by SINCONA AG, Auction 30, 20 May 2016, Lot 3529. Sold for 850 CHF.

Variety 1550 #1:
Obverse: Continuous circle; lettering: ✠ MONE : BERNS : 1550 :
Reverse: Continuous circle; lettering: ✠ BERCTOL · D · ZERINGE :
Example 1550 #1 (0.46g, Almost Extremely Fine):

© Image courtesy of SINCONA AG:
◦ Auctioned by SINCONA AG, Auction 30, 20 May 2016, Lot 3531. Sold for 1,300 CHF.

Variety 1554:
Obverse: Continuous circle; lettering: ✠ MONE : BERNS : 1554
Reverse: Continuous circle; lettering: ✠ BERCTOL · D · ZERINGE
Example 1554 #1 (0.50g, Very Fine):

© Image courtesy of SINCONA AG:
◦ Auctioned by SINCONA AG, Auction 53, 25 October 2018, Lot 6184. Sold for 1,200 CHF.

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (1501-1600)  HMZ: 2-178a
1547  HMZ: 2-178b
1548  HMZ: 2-178c
1549  HMZ: 2-178d
1550  HMZ: 2-178e
1554  HMZ: 2-178f
1556  HMZ: 2-178g
1559  HMZ: 2-178h

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