The city of Bremen, Germany, maintained imperial status with the ability to mint its own coinage until 1867. The Bremen key design appears on most of its coins, although few are as pronounced as the 1 and 2 1/2 schwaren coins.
Coins were minted with the pattern in our picture from 1719 all the way to 1866, although many dates were skipped in between. This page applies to coins that look like our picture, with 1 and 2 1/2 schwaren denominations. The coin in our picture comes from Poinsignon Numismatique in Strasbourg, France, where it is on sale for 18 euros, about $25 US dollars. That's a good price for a nice-looking, problem-free coin like this, and CoinQuest thanks Poinsignon for use of their coin photo.
Below are some approximate catalog values for coins without scratches, stains, nicks, gouges, cleanings, and other damage. All dates are approximately equal in value.
worn: $3 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $15
well preserved: $40
2 1/2 SCHWAREN
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $25
well preserved: $90
fully uncirculated: $300
Use our Important Terminology page to convert these catalog values to actual buy and sell values.
Sometimes you see these coins in square klippe form, as shown in this picture from Kuenker These are more valuable than the standard round issues:
1 SCHWAREN KLIPPE
worn: $90 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $180
well preserved: $300
fully uncirculated: $700