1 Franc Helvetia standing; silver

Features

Issuer Switzerland
Period Federal State (1848-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1875-1967
Value 1 Franc (1 CHF)
Currency Franc (1850-date)
Composition Silver (.835) (16.5% copper)
Weight 5 g
Diameter 23.3 mm
Thickness 1.52 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 1 April 1971
Number N# 184
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References HMZ 2# 1204,
Jürg Richter, Ruedi Kunzmann; 2006. Der neue HMZ-Katalog / Band. 2. Die Münzen der Schweiz und Liechtensteins : 15./16. Jahrhundert bis Gegenwart. Battenberg Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
Divo/Tob19# 307,
Jean-Paul Divo, Edwin Tobler; 1967. Die Münzen der Schweiz im 19. Und 20. Jahrhundert. Bank Leu AG, Zürich, Switzerland.
KM# 24,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.
Schön# 28,
Gerhard Schön; 2022. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Battenberg Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.
Y# 31
Richard S. Yeoman, Arthur L. Friedberg; 2007. A Catalog of Modern World Coins : 1850-1964 (14th edition). Whitman Publishing Company, Atlanta, United States.
And 1 more volumes.

Series: Helvetia standing series

Obverse

Full-length figure of Helvetia, standing, facing left, wearing toga, holding a spear in right hand, and supporting shield with coat of arms of Switzerland with left hand. 22 stars around, representing the 22 cantons of the Swiss confederation.

Script: Latin

Lettering:
HELVETIA
A . BOVY INCᵀ.

Translation:
Antoine Bovy incidit.
Engraved by Antoine Bovy.

Engraver: Antoine Bovy Read more on Wikipedia

Antoine Bovy, born in Geneva on 14 December 1795 and died in the same town on 18 September 1877, is a Swiss sculptor and medalist naturalized French.

Designer: Albert Walch Read more on Wikipedia

Albert Walch (born 10 October 1816 in Augsburg, died 25 March 1882 in Bern) was a German painter who worked in Bern. Albert Walch was the son of the painter and publisher Johann Sebastian Walch (1787–1840). He received his training from 1833 at the Munich Art Academy with Peter von Cornelius. He then worked at his father's or brother Adolf Walch's (1815–1886) publishing house until he went to Rome from 1847 to 1849. From 1849 he lived in Bern, where he also worked as a teacher at the art school from 1871 until his death. He painted portraits, history and genre pictures, designed festive decorations, coins and handicrafts. The designs for the standing Helvetia and the head of Helvetia for the Swiss coins are his best known to this day.

Reverse

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

Script: Latin

Lettering:
1 Fr.
1899
B

Engraver: Antoine Bovy Read more on Wikipedia

Antoine Bovy, born in Geneva on 14 December 1795 and died in the same town on 18 September 1877, is a Swiss sculptor and medalist naturalized French.

Designer: Friedrich Fisch

Edge

Reeded.

1 Franc (Helvetia standing; silver) -  obverse

© Walter_Scott

Mint

B Bern, Switzerland (1225-date)

Comments

In 1967, the price of silver soared steeply, reaching 260 francs per kilogram in August and 350 francs per kilogram in March 1968.  At this time, the melt value of the 1/2 franc pieces was ≈0.73 francs. Switzerland started to experience a severe shortage of cash, especially in the north, where people were exporting coins to Germany to be melted. In spite of strict measures against hoarding and melting coins, it is estimated that around 100 tonnes of silver in 1/2, 1 and 2 franc coins were melted. The crisis concluded in 1968, when the Swiss mint started to mint coins in a copper-nickel alloy at full capacity, around 1.5 million coins per day. The coins were released on 10 May 1968 and the old silver coins were withdrawn on 1 April 1971.

The spacing of the numerals in the date varies depending on the year.
Compare the 1914 and 1958 coins below:

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1875 B 1 036 000 $ 5.40 $ 5.40 $ 5.40 4%
1875 B 0.12% Specimen
1876 B 2 500 000 $ 4.30 $ 5.50 $ 5.50 6%
1876 B 0.12% Specimen
1877 B 2 520 000 $ 3.90 $ 3.90 $ 3.90 $ 5.40 $ 5.40 6%
1877 B 0.10% Specimen
1880 B 945 000 $ 4.70 $ 4.70 $ 8.30 4%
1880 B 0.06% Specimen
1886 B 1 000 000 $ 3.00 $ 3.00 $ 8.70 5%
1886 B 0.10% Specimen
1887 B 1 000 000 $ 5.50 $ 5.50 $ 5.50 5%
1887 B 0.06% Specimen
1894 A 1 200 000 $ 3.30 $ 6.30 $ 6.70 4%
1894 A 0.06% Specimen
1896 B 28 0.12% Specimen
1898 B 400 000 $ 5.40 $ 5.40 $ 8.70 3%
1898 B 0.06% Specimen
1899 B 400 000 $ 5.00 $ 7.50 $ 8.70 3%
1899 B 0.10% Specimen
1900 B 400 000 $ 4.10 $ 4.10 $ 6.50 3%
1900 B 0.06% Specimen
1901 B 400 000 $ 6.50 $ 8.70 4%
1901 B 0.08% Specimen
1903 B 1 000 000 $ 4.60 $ 4.60 $ 4.60 6%
1903 B 0.10% Specimen
1904 B 400 000 $ 5.40 $ 6.50 3%
1904 B 0.12% Specimen
1905 B 700 000 $ 4.20 $ 6.50 5%
1905 B 0.08% Specimen
1906 B 700 000 $ 4.70 $ 4.70 $ 4.70 6%
1906 B 0.06% Specimen
1907 B 800 000 $ 3.90 $ 4.80 $ 5.40 $ 7.60 5%
1907 B 0.08% Specimen
1908 B 1 200 000 $ 3.90 $ 3.90 $ 4.30 7%
1908 B 0.12% Specimen
1909 B 900 000 $ 3.80 $ 5.40 6%
1909 B 0.06% Specimen
1910 B 1 000 000 $ 4.30 $ 6.00 6%
1910 B 0.14% Specimen
1911 B 1 200 000 $ 4.70 $ 5.40 $ 7.30 7%
1911 B 0.10% Specimen
1912 B 1 200 000 $ 3.40 $ 4.30 7%
1912 B 0.10% Specimen
1913 B 1 200 000 $ 4.30 $ 4.30 $ 5.40 $ 9.10 7%
1913 B 0.12% Specimen
1914 B 4 200 000 $ 2.90 $ 4.20 $ 4.40 $ 6.10 16%
1914 B 0.14% Specimen
1916 B 1 000 000 $ 4.30 $ 4.80 6%
1916 B 0.14% Specimen
1920 B 3 300 000 $ 3.00 $ 3.30 $ 4.30 $ 4.60 14%
1920 B 0.2% Specimen
1921 B 3 800 000 $ 3.50 $ 3.50 $ 4.30 $ 6.40 $ 13 15%
1921 B 0.14% Specimen
1928 B 1 500 000 $ 4.30 $ 6.00 $ 6.10 8%
1928 B 0.14% Specimen
1931 B 1 000 000 $ 4.00 $ 4.00 $ 4.00 6%
1931 B 0.10% Specimen
1932 B 500 000 $ 5.10 $ 6.00 4%
1932 B 0.10% Specimen
1934 B 500 000 $ 6.50 $ 7.20 4%
1934 B 0.06% Specimen
1936 B 500 000 $ 3.00 $ 4.90 $ 9.80 4%
1936 B 0.08% Specimen
1937 B 1 000 000 $ 4.30 $ 5.40 6%
1937 B 0.08% Specimen
1939 B 2 106 000 $ 4.00 $ 5.40 $ 6.50 9%
1939 B 0.08% Specimen
1940 B 2 003 000 $ 3.60 $ 5.40 $ 6.50 9%
1940 B 0.14% Specimen
1943 B 3 526 000 $ 3.30 $ 4.30 $ 4.30 $ 5.60 14%
1943 B 0.18% Specimen
1944 B 6 225 000 $ 3.20 $ 3.80 $ 3.80 $ 3.80 $ 5.10 19%
1944 B 0.12% Specimen
1945 B 7 794 000 $ 3.10 $ 3.10 $ 4.20 $ 4.20 $ 7.50 $ 7.50 21%
1945 B 0.16% Specimen
1946 B 2 539 000 $ 2.90 $ 3.60 $ 3.70 $ 6.50 $ 7.20 $ 9.10 10%
1946 B 0.14% Specimen
1947 B 624 000 $ 5.40 $ 6.10 4%
1947 B 0.06% Specimen
1952 B 2 853 000 $ 3.80 $ 5.70 $ 6.00 $ 11 11%
1952 B 0.12% Specimen
1953 B 786 000 $ 6.80 $ 6.80 4%
1953 B 0.06% Specimen
1955 B 194 000 $ 12 $ 12 3%
1955 B 0.08% Specimen
1956 B 2 500 000 $ 2.30 $ 3.80 $ 5.40 $ 6.90 11%
1956 B 0.10% Specimen
1957 B 6 421 000 $ 2.20 $ 3.80 $ 3.80 $ 6.90 $ 7.10 12%
1957 B 0.16% Specimen
1958 B 3 580 000 $ 3.80 $ 4.30 $ 8.60 $ 8.60 10%
1958 B 0.08% Specimen
1959 B 1 859 000 $ 4.30 $ 5.40 6%
1959 B 0.10% Specimen
1960 B 3 523 000 $ 3.80 $ 3.80 $ 4.10 $ 8.90 9%
1960 B 0.10% Specimen
1961 B 6 549 000 $ 3.30 $ 3.50 $ 4.50 $ 6.50 $ 7.10 13%
1961 B 0.14% Specimen
1962 B 6 220 000 $ 3.70 $ 4.90 $ 5.90 $ 7.40 11%
1962 B 0.12% Specimen
1963 B 13 476 000 $ 3.30 $ 3.60 $ 3.60 $ 6.00 15%
1963 B 0.16% Specimen
1964 B 12 560 000 $ 3.40 $ 3.80 $ 4.30 $ 5.00 13%
1964 B 0.10% Specimen
1965 B 5 032 000 $ 3.30 $ 3.70 $ 5.50 $ 5.50 6%
1965 B 0.08% Specimen
1966 B 3 032 000 $ 4.60 $ 4.60 $ 5.90 $ 6.00 4%
1966 B 0.12% Specimen
1967 B 2 088 000 $ 4.60 $ 4.60 $ 6.60 4%
1967 B 0.2% Specimen

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Past sales

Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Price
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Franc (Helvetia standing; silver)Picture 1 of a sold 1 Franc (Helvetia standing; silver)Picture 1 of a sold 1 Franc (Helvetia standing; silver)Picture 1 of a sold 1 Franc (Helvetia standing; silver)
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Select Auction 232303
Lot 63627
Internet Archive
Jan 12, 2023 Undetermined UNC USD 1560.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Franc (Helvetia standing; silver)Picture 1 of a sold 1 Franc (Helvetia standing; silver)
Katz
Auction 69
Lot 1171
Internet Archive
Oct 29, 2022 Undetermined UNC USD 27.18
(EUR 25.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Franc (Helvetia standing; silver)
Katz
Auction 63
Lot 2204
Internet Archive
Jul 26, 2022 Undetermined UNC USD 435.99
(EUR 401.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Franc (Helvetia standing; silver)
Katz
Auction 63
Lot 2203
Internet Archive
Jul 26, 2022 Undetermined UNC USD 158.74
(EUR 146.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Franc (Helvetia standing; silver)
Katz
Auction 63
Lot 2205
Internet Archive
Jul 26, 2022 Undetermined UNC USD 169.61
(EUR 156.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Franc (Helvetia standing; silver)
Katz
Auction 63
Lot 2206
Internet Archive
Jul 26, 2022 Undetermined UNC USD 86.98
(EUR 80.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Franc (Helvetia standing; silver)
Katz
Auction 63
Lot 2207
Internet Archive
Jul 26, 2022 Undetermined UNC USD 158.74
(EUR 146.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Franc (Helvetia standing; silver)
Katz
Auction 63
Lot 2208
Internet Archive
Jul 26, 2022 Undetermined UNC USD 45.66
(EUR 42.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Franc (Helvetia standing; silver)
Katz
Auction 63
Lot 2209
Internet Archive
Jul 26, 2022 Undetermined UNC USD 130.47
(EUR 120.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Franc (Helvetia standing; silver)
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Auction 63
Lot 2210
Internet Archive
Jul 26, 2022 Undetermined UNC USD 60.89
(EUR 56.00)
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