40 Batzen soldier looking right

Features

Issuer Helvetic Republic (Switzerland)
Period Federal Republic (1798-1803)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 1798
Value 40 Batzen = 4 Francs = 1 New thaler (4.0)
Currency Franc (1798-1803)
Composition Silver (.868)
Weight 29.49 g
Diameter 41 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 23008
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References HMZ 2# 1185,
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# 3,
Jean-Paul Divo, Edwin Tobler; 1967. Die Münzen der Schweiz im 19. Und 20. Jahrhundert. Bank Leu AG, Zürich, Switzerland.
Hofer# 3,
Paul F. Hofer; 1934. Die Münzprägungen der Helvetischen Republik (Band 26). Schweizerische numismatische Rundschau, Bern, Switzerland.
KM# A4,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Dav EC III# 1771
John Stewart Davenport; 1971. European Crowns : 1700-1800 (3rd edition). Self-published, Galesburg, Illinois, United States.

Obverse

Old Swiss soldier standing, facing left, looking right, wearing hat with feathers, holding flag on right shoulder, and sword at the left hip.

Lettering:
HELVET : BEPUBL :
1798

Translation:
Helvetische Republik.
Helvetic republic.

Engraver: Johann Franz Huber

Johann Friedrich Huber (born in Basel, 1766) was a medallist and coin-engraver. He studied at Rome, and was a pupil of Johann Martin Buckle. Towards the end of the eighteenth century, he was working at the mint of Basel. In 1805, he partnered with an art-dealer of his native city, and ceased to do medal-work. Huber's full signature I. F. HVBER appears on a Prize Medal of the City and Republic of Basel from 1792, given to representatives of the Swiss States that furnished troops to protect the frontier during the French wars. A Portrait-medal of Andreas Buxtorf, mayor of Basel, from 1786, is signed Huber. According to some, the thalers and half thalers of the Helvetic Republic from 1798, signed H, were engraved by Huber, although they are attributed to Handmann by others. Handmann was employed at the Mint of Basel at the same period and signed some of the coins with EH or H.

Reverse

Wreath formed of two oak (Quercus robur) branches with acorns, tied with a ribbon below.

Lettering:
40
BATZEN

S

Engraver: Johann Franz Huber

Johann Friedrich Huber (born in Basel, 1766) was a medallist and coin-engraver. He studied at Rome, and was a pupil of Johann Martin Buckle. Towards the end of the eighteenth century, he was working at the mint of Basel. In 1805, he partnered with an art-dealer of his native city, and ceased to do medal-work. Huber's full signature I. F. HVBER appears on a Prize Medal of the City and Republic of Basel from 1792, given to representatives of the Swiss States that furnished troops to protect the frontier during the French wars. A Portrait-medal of Andreas Buxtorf, mayor of Basel, from 1786, is signed Huber. According to some, the thalers and half thalers of the Helvetic Republic from 1798, signed H, were engraved by Huber, although they are attributed to Handmann by others. Handmann was employed at the Mint of Basel at the same period and signed some of the coins with EH or H.

Mints

BA Basel, Switzerland
S Solothurn, Switzerland

Comments

Varieties:
Obverse varieties can be distinguished by the relationship between the flag pole and the legend, and by the length of the strings at the top of the flag pole:

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Reverse varieties can be distinguished by the top part of the wreath and by the mint mark:

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Variety 1798 S (HMZ 2# 1185b):
Mint: Solothurn
Mintmark: S
Obverse: flag pointing to "E", short strings at the top of the flag
Reverse: wreath closed at the top, nine acorns

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Variety 1798 S (HMZ 2# 1185c):
Mint: Solothurn
Mintmark: S
Obverse: flag pointing to "L", long strings at the top of the flag
Reverse: wreath opened at the top, ten acorns

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Variety 1798 BA (HMZ 2# 1185e):
Mint: Basel
Mintmark: BA overlapped
Obverse: flag pointing to "L", long strings at the top of the flag
Reverse: wreath closed at the top, eleven acorns

© Image courtesy of SINCONA AG

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
1798 BA HMZ 2# 1185e, KM# A4.1
1798 S HMZ 2# 1185b, KM# A4.2
1798 S HMZ 2# 1185c, KM# A4.2

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Past sales

Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Price
Picture 1 of a sold 40 Batzen (soldier looking right)Picture 1 of a sold 40 Batzen (soldier looking right)
Sincona AG
Auction 16
Lot 6477
Internet Archive
Oct 18, 2013 1798 BA – HMZ 2# 1185e, KM# A4.1 F
(almost very fine)
USD 381.39
(CHF 350.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 40 Batzen (soldier looking right)Picture 1 of a sold 40 Batzen (soldier looking right)
Sincona AG
Auction 47
Lot 3206
Internet Archive
May 15, 2018 1798 S – HMZ 2# 1185b, KM# A4.2 XF
(extremely fine - uncirculated)
USD 762.78
(CHF 700.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 40 Batzen (soldier looking right)Picture 1 of a sold 40 Batzen (soldier looking right)
WAG Online Auktions
Auction 105
Lot 525
Internet Archive
Jan 12, 2020 1798 S – HMZ 2# 1185c, KM# A4.2 VF
(about extremely fine)
USD 453.50
(EUR 390.00)
(+ buyer's premium)

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