20 Batzen soldier looking right

Features

Country Helvetic Republic (Switzerland)
Period Federal Republic (1798-1803)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1798-1799
Value 20 Batzen = 2 Francs (2.0)
Currency Franc (1798-1803)
Composition Silver (.868)
Weight 14.68 g
Diameter 33 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 23311
Numista (https://numista.com)
References HMZ 2# 1186,
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# 6,
Jean-Paul Divo, Edwin Tobler; 1967. Die Münzen der Schweiz im 19. Und 20. Jahrhundert. Bank Leu AG, Zürich, Switzerland.
Hofer# 8,
Paul F. Hofer; 1934. Die Münzprägungen der Helvetischen Republik (Band 26). Schweizerische numismatische Rundschau, Bern, Switzerland.
KM# A2
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.

Obverse

Full-length figure of old Swiss soldier, standing, looking right, wearing hat with feathers, holding flag on right shoulder and sword at the left hip.

Lettering:
HELVET : REPUBL :
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 with two oak (Quercus robur) branches tied with ribbon at the bottom.

Lettering:
20
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.

Mint

Solothurn, Switzerland

Comments

Total mintage: 29 318 pieces.

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1798 S 100%
1799 S 20%

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