40 Batzens Counterstamped

Features

Country Canton of Bern
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1816-1819
Value 40 Batzen (4)
Currency Frank (1798-1850)
Composition Silver (.917)
Weight 29.488 g
Diameter 41 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 24436
Numista (https://numista.com)
References KM# 179
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

Head with headband left, Bern arms counterstamp

Note: Counterstamped on France Louis XV Écu, KM#512.

Lettering: LUD·XV·D·G·FR ET·NAV·REX·

Reverse

Crowned round arms of France within sprays, denomination counterstamp

Lettering:
1768 SIT NOMEN DOMINI BENEDICTUM
·N·
40
BZ·

Edge

Reeded with inscription

Lettering: DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM

Comments

Counterstamped between July 1816 - July 1819. Krause lists the Date as ND (1816).

From July 1816 to July 1819, private individuals were able to check the weight of worn French ecus in the Bern Mint for a fee, and if they weighed at least 542 grains (28,788 grams). A total of 600,000 pieces were counter-stamped. However, since these pieces were very popular with the silver processing industry (especially among the watch case manufacturers in Geneva, La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle), many of the counter-stamped pieces went into the melting pot and are therefore quite rare.

Examples of this type:

Example counterstamp on French écu from 1765 Pau (28.85g, Very Fine):

© Image courtesy of SINCONA AG
◦ Auctioned by SINCONA AG, Auction 30, 20 May 2016, Lot 3745. Sold for 250 CHF.

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (1816-1819)  Host Date 1740-1771

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