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½ Franc

Features

Country Switzerland
Period Federal State (1848-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1875-1967
Value 1/2 Franc / Franken / Franco (0.5 CHF)
Currency Franc (1850-date)
Composition Silver (.835)
Weight 2.5 g
Diameter 18.2 mm
Thickness 1.28 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 04-01-1971
References KM# 23,
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Michael, Thomas & Tracy L. Schmidt; 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Michael, Thomas (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.
Schön# 27
  • Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Battenberg, Regenstauf, Germany. ISBN 9783866461840.
  • Kahnt, Helmut & Günter Schön; 2016. Weltmünzkatalog 19. Jahrhundert: 1801-1900 (17. Auflage). Battenberg. ISBN 9783866461185.
  • Schön, Gerhard & Sebastian Krämer; 2017. Weltmünzkatalog 21. Jahrhundert: 2001-2016 (3. Auflage). Battenberg. ISBN 9783866461383.

Obverse

Helvetia, the female personification of Switzerland, wearing a toga, is holding a spear and is leaning on a Swiss shield. She is encircled by the 22 stars representing the 22 cantons in which the Confederation then consisted.

Lettering:
HELVETIA
A. BOVY INCT.

Engraver: A. Bovy d'après A. Walch

Reverse

NOTE: The B Mintmark is below the ribbon on the wreath

Lettering:
½ Fr.
1878
B

Engraver: A. Bovy d'après A. Walch

Edge

Reeded

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1875 B 1,000,000 2%
1875 B 0.09% Specimen
1877 B 1,000,000 2.0%
1877 B 0.09% Specimen
1878 B 1,000,000 2%
1878 B 0.11% Specimen
1879 B 1,000,000 1.7%
1879 B 0.07% Specimen
1881 B 1,000,000 8.31 3%
1881 B 0.11% Specimen
1882 B 1,000,000 8.55 2%
1882 B 0.07% Specimen
1894 A 800,000 1.5%
1894 B 0.07% Specimen
1896 B 28 0.2% Specimen
1898 B 1,600,000 2.16 4.18 6%
1898 B 0.15% Specimen
1899 B 400,000 1.9%
1899 B 0.07% Specimen
1900 B 400,000 5.94 2%
1900 B 0.07% Specimen
1901 B 200,000 1.3%
1901 B 0.09% Specimen
1903 B 800,000 3.98 4%
1903 B 0.09% Specimen
1904 B 400,000 8.31 3%
1904 B 0.09% Specimen
1905 B 600,000 4.75 4.12 4%
1905 B 0.15% Specimen
1906 B 1,000,000 2.37 2.16 5%
1906 B 0.11% Specimen
1907 B 1,200,000 3.21 2.37 3.56 6%
1907 B 0.07% Specimen
1908 B 800,000 3.94 5%
1908 B 0.07% Specimen
1909 B 1,000,000 4.38 4.33 5%
1909 B 0.20% Specimen
1910 B 1,000,000 4.24 5%
1910 B 0.09% Specimen
1913 B 800,000 4.19 4.33 4%
1913 B 0.11% Specimen
1914 B 2,000,000 2.37 1.90 4.33 7%
1914 B 0.07% Specimen
1916 B 800,000 3.24 4.01 4%
1916 B 0.07% Specimen
1920 B 5,400,000 1.33 2.97 3.98 2.83 14%
1920 B 0.3% Specimen
1921 B 6,000,000 2.37 2.37 5.47 15%
1921 B 0.07% Specimen
1928 B 1,000,000 4.39 5%
1928 B 0.07% Specimen
1929 B 2,000,000 3.68 5.50 7%
1929 B 0.11% Specimen
1931 B 1,000,000 2.97 4%
1931 B 0.07% Specimen
1932 B 1,000,000 4.16 4%
1932 B 0.07% Specimen
1934 B 2,000,000 2.37 3.25 6.92 7%
1934 B 0.09% Specimen
1936 B 400,000 7.36 2%
1936 B 0.09% Specimen
1937 B 1,000,000 3.68 4%
1937 B 0.07% Specimen
1939 B 1,001,000 5.94 4%
1939 B 0.07% Specimen
1940 B 2,002,000 2.10 3.25 4.48 7%
1940 B 0.2% Specimen
1941 B 200,000 5.34 5.94 4%
1941 B 0.09% Specimen
1942 B 2,969,000 3.56 3.79 6%
1942 B 0.11% Specimen
1943 B 4,573,000 3.19 3.31 4.39 8.66 11%
1943 B 0.13% Specimen
1944 B 7,455,000 2.07 2.43 4.23 15%
1944 B 0.20% Specimen
1945 B 4,928,000 1.47 3.19 3.64 12%
1945 B 0.15% Specimen
1946 B 6,817,000 1.60 2.90 3.78 14% coin alignment
1946 B 0.5% medal alignment
1946 B 0.18% Specimen
1948 B 6,113,000 2.61 2.61 2.97 13%
1948 B 0.2% Specimen
1950 B 7,148,000 1.19 2.37 2.41 3.04 14%
1950 B 0.20% Specimen
1951 B 8,530,000 1.78 2.34 3.03 14%
1951 B 0.20% Specimen
1952 B 14,023,000 2.08 1.97 3.56 4.45 7.49 19%
1952 B 0.2% Specimen
1953 B 3,567,000 2.15 2.37 3.25 1.58 9%
1953 B 0.11% Specimen
1955 B 1,320,000 3.80 4.75 4%
1955 B 0.07% Specimen
1956 B 4,250,000 2.08 2.62 3.79 8%
1956 B 0.09% Specimen
1957 B 12,085,000 2.71 3.56 3.26 15%
1957 B 0.13% Specimen
1958 B 11,558,000 2.97 3.30 4.31 3.74 14%
1958 B 0.15% Specimen
1959 B 12,581,000 2.37 1.91 3.56 4.39 15%
1959 B 0.18% Specimen
1960 B 14,528,000 1.32 2.14 2.02 4.40 4.38 15%
1960 B 0.20% Specimen
1961 B 6,906,000 2.26 3.03 3.19 9%
1961 B 0.11% Specimen
1962 B 18,272,000 1.19 2.20 3.25 3.03 3.34 16%
1962 B 0.20% Specimen
1963 B 25,168,000 1.19 2.26 2.37 3.56 3.16 18%
1963 B 0.20% Specimen
1964 B 22,720,000 1.84 3.12 3.15 5.34 15%
1964 B 0.2% Specimen
1965 B 17,920,000 2.32 3.17 5.94 12%
1965 B 0.2% Specimen
1966 B 10,008,000 2.37 2.90 4.27 5.34 8%
1966 B 0.11% Specimen
1967 B 16,096,000 2.37 2.37 3.03 4.45 9%
1967 B 0.3% Specimen

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