2 Francs Helvetia standing; silver

Features

Issuer Switzerland
Period Federal State (1848-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1874-1967
Value 2 Francs (2 CHF)
Currency Franc (1850-date)
Composition Silver (.835) (16.5% copper)
Weight 10 g
Diameter 27.4 mm
Thickness 2.09 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 1 April 1971
Number N# 188
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References HMZ 2# 1202,
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# 304,
Jean-Paul Divo, Edwin Tobler; 1967. Die Münzen der Schweiz im 19. Und 20. Jahrhundert. Bank Leu AG, Zürich, Switzerland.
KM# 21,
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# 29,
Gerhard Schön; 2022. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Battenberg Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.
Y# 32
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:
2 Fr.
1936
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.

2 Francs (Helvetia standing; silver) -  obverse

© Rhonan (CC BY-NC-SA)

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 circa 0.73 francs. Switzerland started to experience a severe shortage of cash, especially in the north, where people were illegally 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.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1874 B 1 000 000 $ 8.70 $ 11 5%
1874 B 0.14% Specimen
1875 B 982 000 $ 8.20 $ 9.10 $ 16 5%
1875 B 0.08% Specimen
1878 B 1 500 000 $ 6.60 $ 8.20 $ 9.80 7%
1878 B 0.11% Specimen
1879 B 518 000 $ 13 $ 13 $ 19 4%
1879 B 0.11% Specimen
1886 B 1 000 000 $ 6.30 $ 9.50 $ 9.70 $ 10 8%
1886 B 0.08% Specimen
1894 A 700 000 $ 5.40 $ 8.40 $ 11 6%
1894 A 0.11% Specimen
1896 B 0.4%
1896 B 20 0.11% Specimen
1901 B 50 000 1.1%
1901 B 0.08% Specimen
1903 B 300 000 $ 6.50 $ 11 $ 11 5%
1903 B 0.14% Specimen
1904 B 200 000 $ 27 $ 27 $ 27 4%
1904 B 0.11% Specimen
1905 B 300 000 $ 8.70 4%
1905 B 0.11% Specimen
1906 B 400 000 $ 6.40 $ 7.20 $ 9.90 6%
1906 B 0.08% Specimen
1907 B 300 000 $ 6.60 $ 11 4%
1907 B 0.08% Specimen
1908 B 200 000 $ 11 3%
1908 B 0.14% Specimen
1909 B 300 000 $ 6.20 $ 8.70 5%
1909 B 0.11% Specimen
1910 B 250 000 $ 7.00 $ 9.90 $ 18 4%
1910 B 0.08% Specimen
1911 B 400 000 $ 10 $ 10 5%
1911 B 0.08% Specimen
1912 B 0.2% Specimen
1912 B 400 000 $ 7.30 $ 11 $ 11 5% with a B
1913 B 300 000 $ 8.80 $ 9.20 4%
1913 B 0.14% Specimen
1914 B 1 000 000 $ 7.50 $ 7.50 9%
1914 B 0.16% Specimen
1916 B 250 000 $ 9.20 $ 9.20 $ 9.20 4%
1916 B 0.08% Specimen
1920 B 2 300 000 $ 5.40 $ 5.40 $ 8.70 $ 10 15%
1920 B 0.2% Specimen
1921 B 2 000 000 $ 6.50 $ 6.50 $ 8.90 $ 11 13%
1921 B 0.08% Specimen
1922 B 4 000 000 $ 10 $ 10 5%
1922 B 0.08% Specimen
1928 B 750 000 $ 11 $ 13 7%
1928 B 0.11% Specimen
1931 B 500 000 $ 11 $ 13 6%
1931 B 0.08% Specimen
1932 B 250 000 $ 12 4%
1932 B 0.08% Specimen
1936 B 250 000 $ 10 $ 10 4%
1936 B 0.14% Specimen
1937 B 250 000 $ 7.60 3%
1937 B 0.11% Specimen
1939 B 1 455 000 $ 8.30 $ 8.30 10%
1939 B 0.14% Specimen
1940 B 2 503 000 $ 6.20 $ 7.80 $ 7.80 $ 11 15%
1940 B 0.14% Specimen
1941 B 1 192 000 $ 9.00 $ 9.00 9%
1941 B 0.14% Specimen
1943 B 2 089 000 $ 6.20 $ 8.40 $ 8.40 12%
1943 B 0.16% Specimen
1944 B 6 276 000 $ 5.60 $ 5.60 $ 6.50 $ 7.90 $ 7.90 27%
1944 B 0.2% Specimen
1945 B 1 134 000 $ 9.70 $ 9.70 8%
1945 B 0.14% Specimen
1946 B 1 629 000 $ 6.40 $ 7.60 $ 8.10 10%
1946 B 0.14% Specimen
1947 B 500 000 $ 6.30 $ 8.50 $ 8.50 5%
1947 B 0.14% Specimen
1948 B 920 000 $ 6.50 $ 8.20 8%
1948 B 0.14% Specimen
1953 B 438 000 $ 6.70 $ 7.80 4%
1953 B 0.08% Specimen
1955 B 1 032 000 $ 7.80 $ 8.20 $ 12 $ 12 7%
1955 B 0.19% Specimen
1957 B 2 298 000 $ 5.90 $ 8.60 $ 8.60 $ 8.60 10%
1957 B 0.14% Specimen
1958 B 650 000 $ 7.60 $ 7.60 $ 8.60 $ 8.60 10%
1958 B 0.16% Specimen
1959 B 2 905 000 $ 9.10 $ 9.10 $ 9.80 6%
1959 B 0.11% Specimen
1960 B 1 980 000 $ 5.90 $ 6.80 8%
1960 B 0.11% Specimen
1961 B 4 653 000 $ 6.50 $ 6.90 $ 6.90 $ 7.80 $ 11 13%
1961 B 0.14% Specimen
1963 B 8 030 000 $ 5.80 $ 5.80 $ 6.50 $ 7.90 $ 7.90 17%
1963 B 0.14% Specimen
1964 B 4 558 000 $ 6.60 $ 6.60 $ 7.10 $ 9.70 $ 10 12%
1964 B 0.19% Specimen
1965 B 8 526 000 $ 7.30 $ 7.30 $ 7.40 $ 8.20 13%
1965 B 0.2% Specimen
1967 B 4 132 000 $ 6.90 $ 6.90 $ 9.90 $ 9.90 8%
1967 B 0.5% Specimen

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Past sales

Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Price
Picture 1 of a sold 2 Francs (Helvetia standing; silver)Picture 1 of a sold 2 Francs (Helvetia standing; silver)
Katz
Auction 69
Lot 1169
Internet Archive
Oct 29, 2022 Undetermined UNC USD 22.83
(EUR 21.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 2 Francs (Helvetia standing; silver)Picture 1 of a sold 2 Francs (Helvetia standing; silver)
Katz
Auction 69
Lot 1170
Internet Archive
Oct 29, 2022 Undetermined UNC USD 25.01
(EUR 23.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 2 Francs (Helvetia standing; silver)
Katz
Auction 63
Lot 2190
Internet Archive
Jul 26, 2022 Undetermined UNC USD 437.07
(EUR 402.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 2 Francs (Helvetia standing; silver)
Katz
Auction 63
Lot 2189
Internet Archive
Jul 26, 2022 Undetermined UNC USD 483.83
(EUR 445.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 2 Francs (Helvetia standing; silver)
Katz
Auction 63
Lot 2191
Internet Archive
Jul 26, 2022 Undetermined UNC USD 134.82
(EUR 124.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 2 Francs (Helvetia standing; silver)
Katz
Auction 61
Lot 3393
Internet Archive
Jun 7, 2022 Undetermined UNC USD 34.79
(EUR 32.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 2 Francs (Helvetia standing; silver)
Katz
E-Auction 60
Lot 2469
Internet Archive
May 14, 2022 Undetermined UNC USD 71.76
(EUR 66.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 2 Francs (Helvetia standing; silver)Picture 1 of a sold 2 Francs (Helvetia standing; silver)
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Select Auction 232216
Lot 63671
Internet Archive
Apr 14, 2022 Undetermined UNC
(ANACS MS67)
USD 55.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 2 Francs (Helvetia standing; silver)Picture 1 of a sold 2 Francs (Helvetia standing; silver)Picture 1 of a sold 2 Francs (Helvetia standing; silver)Picture 1 of a sold 2 Francs (Helvetia standing; silver)Picture 1 of a sold 2 Francs (Helvetia standing; silver)
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Select Auction 232209
Lot 61663
Internet Archive
Feb 24, 2022 Undetermined UNC The lot includes several items.
Picture 1 of a sold 2 Francs (Helvetia standing; silver)Picture 1 of a sold 2 Francs (Helvetia standing; silver)
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Select Auction 232209
Lot 61662
Internet Archive
Feb 24, 2022 Undetermined UNC
(NGC MS67)
USD 73.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
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