1 Franc Helvetia seated; 90% silver


Issuer Switzerland
Period Federal State (1848-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1850-1857
Value 1 Franc (1 CHF)
Currency Franc (1850-date)
Composition Silver (.900) (10% copper)
Weight 5 g
Diameter 23.2 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 01-01-1869
Number N# 183
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References HMZ 2# 1203,
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# 305,
Jean-Paul Divo, Edwin Tobler; 1967. Die Münzen der Schweiz im 19. Und 20. Jahrhundert. Bank Leu AG, Zürich, Switzerland.
KM# 9,
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# 21,
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.
Y# 27
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: Helvetia seated series


Helvetia seated, facing left, wearing laurel wreath and toga, with right arm raised, and holding shield with coat of arms of Switzerland in left hand. Plow and wheat spikes to the right. Mountains behind.

Script: Latin


Designer: Friedrich Fisch


Wreath formed of oak and alpine rose branches tied with a ribbon below.

Script: Latin

1 Fr.

Designer: Friedrich Fisch



1 Franc (Helvetia seated; 90% silver) -  obverse

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A Paris, France (864-date)
B Bern, Switzerland (1225-date)


Variety 1850-1851 (HMZ 2# 1203a, 1203b)
Mint: Paris
Mintmark: A
Mint master: Charles-Louis Dierick (1845-1860)
Mint master's mark: hand on obverse at lower left
Chief engraver: Jacques-Jean Barre (1843-1855)
Engraver's mark: greyhound head on obverse at lower right
Engraver: Antoine Bovy
Obverse lettering: HELVETIA / A . BOVY
Reverse lettering: thin "1"

© Sincona AG

Variety 1857 (HMZ 2# 1203c)
Mint: Bern
Mintmark: B
Engraver: Ferdinand Korn
Obverse lettering: HELVETIA / KORN
Reverse lettering: thick "1"

© Sincona AG

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1850 A 5 750 000 $ 93 70%
1850 A 1.6% Specimen
1851 A 48% Mintage included in 1850 A
1851 A 1.6% Specimen
1857 B 526 8%
1857 B 3% Specimen

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