5 Francs - Alexandre Berthier Pattern

Features

Country Principality of Neuchâtel
Prince Louis-Alexander Berthier (1806-1814)
Type Pattern
Years 1813-1897
Value 5 Francs (5)
Currency Franc (1814)
Composition Silver
Weight 25.61 g
Diameter 37 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 24683
Numista (https://numista.com)
References KM# Pn16,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
HMZ 1# 2-720b,
Jürg Richter, Ruedi Kunzmann; 2006. Der neue HMZ-Katalog / Band. 1. Die Münzen der Schweiz : Antike bis Mittelalter. Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
Richt Pr2# 1-633,
Jürg Richter; 2016. Die Proben und Materialvarianten von Schweizer Münzen / Band 2. Die Proben und Materialvarianten der Münzen der Schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaft. Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
HMZ 1# 2-720c,
Jürg Richter, Ruedi Kunzmann; 2006. Der neue HMZ-Katalog / Band. 1. Die Münzen der Schweiz : Antike bis Mittelalter. Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
HMZ 1# 2-720f
Jürg Richter, Ruedi Kunzmann; 2006. Der neue HMZ-Katalog / Band. 1. Die Münzen der Schweiz : Antike bis Mittelalter. Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.

Obverse

Head of Alexandre Berthier facing right.

Lettering: ALEXANDRE PRINCE DE NEUCHATEL.

Engraver: Jean-Pierre Droz

Jean-Pierre Droz was a coin and medal engraver born in Switzerland and trained in Paris. Droz was most known for engraving the Napoléon coin at the Paris Mint.

Reverse

Crown above value in wreath, date below.

Lettering:
PRINCIPAUTE DE NEUCHATEL
5
FRANCS
181 .

Engraver: Jean-Pierre Droz

Jean-Pierre Droz was a coin and medal engraver born in Switzerland and trained in Paris. Droz was most known for engraving the Napoléon coin at the Paris Mint.

Edge

Lettering: POIDS VINGT - CINQ GRAM - MES TI - TRE NEUF D - IXIEMES

Comments

Richter Pr. lists the weight between 24.45-25.00g;

Variants:
• HMZ# 2-720b: edge lettering in five segments; obverse legend: "PRIN. DE..."
• HMZ# 2-720c: edge lettering in five segments; obverse legend: "PRINCE DE..."; Rarity R4 (2-4 pieces known) according to Richter Pr.
• HMZ# 2-720f: edge lettering in three segments; Copies of HMZ# 2-720c. According to Richter Pr, The copies were done by the Belgian Auguste Brichaut (1836-1897) in collaboration with Atelier Würden in Brussels. Although these coins are often listed as restrikes, the comparison to the originals clearly shows that Brichaut used entirely new dies.

Demole-Wavre 294; D.T. 252

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (1813)  181 .; HMZ# 2-720b
ND (1813)  181 .; HMZ# 2-720c
ND (1850-1897)  181 .; HMZ# 2-720f

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