2 Francs Helvetia seated; 90% silver


Issuer Switzerland
Period Federal State (1848-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1850-1857
Value 2 Francs (2 CHF)
Currency Franc (1850-date)
Composition Silver (.900) (10% copper)
Weight 10 g
Diameter 27.4 mm
Thickness 2.15 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 01-01-1869
Number N# 187
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References HMZ 2# 1201,
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# 302,
Jean-Paul Divo, Edwin Tobler; 1967. Die Münzen der Schweiz im 19. Und 20. Jahrhundert. Bank Leu AG, Zürich, Switzerland.
KM# 10,
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# 22,
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.
Y# 28
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

2 Fr.

Designer: Friedrich Fisch




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


Variety 1850 (HMZ 2# 1201a)
Mint: Paris
Mintmark: A
Mint master: Charles-Louis Dierick (1845-1860)
Mint master's mark: hand at lower left
Chief engraver: Jacques-Jean Barre (1843-1855)
Engraver's mark: greyhound head at lower right
Engraver: Antoine Bovy
Obverse lettering: HELVETIA / A . BOVY
Reverse lettering: "2" with closed loop

© Sincona AG

Variety 1857 (HMZ 2# 1201b)
Mint: Bern
Mintmark: B
Engraver: Ferdinand Korn
Obverse lettering: HELVETIA / KORN
Reverse lettering: "2" with open loop

© Sincona AG

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1850 A 2 500 000 93%
1850 A 7% Specimen
1857 B 622 26%
1857 B 7% Specimen

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