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Switzerland 1/2, 1, 2, and 5 Francs  1850 to 1874
Switzerland 1/2, 1, 2, and 5 Francs 1850 to 1874

These nice-looking silver coins from old Switzerland are avidly collected. Coins in superb condition, like the one in our picture from Heritage Auctions garner big-time value. Heritage's coin sold for $1250 US dollars in a 2013 auction. It is fully uncirculated, and has taken on a pleasant green-blue-rainbow tone. Coins in worse condition are worth much less. Here are some typical catalog values which apply to all dates, except as noted:

1/2 FRANC
worn: $15 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $50
well preserved: $150
fully uncirculated: $400
1/2 francs dated after 1897 are much more common; divide these values by three

1 FRANC
worn: $100 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $150
well preserved: $350
fully uncirculated: $550
1 franc coins dated 1857 are exceedingly rare, cataloging at $5000 in worn condition
1 franc coins dated 1860 are somewhat more rare, multiply these values by two
1 franc coins dated 1861 are more common, divide these values by three

2 FRANCS
worn: $40 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $120
well preserved: $350
fully uncirculated: $800
2 francs dated 1850 and 1863 are more rare, multiply these values by two
2 francs dated 1857 are exceedingly rare, cataloging at $6000 in worn condition

5 FRANCS
worn: $200 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $300
well preserved: $450
fully uncirculated: $1200
5 francs dated 1873 are very rare, cataloging at $2000 in average circulated condition

Use our Terminology page to properly interpret these catalog values.

As always, CoinQuest greatly appreciates Heritage for use of their coin image. It is a beautiful specimen!

Coin: 15977 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: Yan, Wed, 20-Nov-2013 16:16:26 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Wed, 20-Nov-2013 23:19:16 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Tue, 10-Nov-2015 01:58:58 GMT
Requester description: 1861 On one side, seated woman, with a shield. Written HELVETIA. On the other side, 1 Fr. 1861.
Tags: switzerland 1 2 5 francs franc helvetische switz helvetia swiss suisse canton helvetica helvitica cantons helvetic franks frank fancs one seated seat woman shield ones stool sit sitted sitting sits femal women lady female feminine fem womans females womens ladys princess ladies arms sheild coats shiled crests chevrons shild escucheon insignia arm coat crested crest chevron creast shields escutcheon wreath wreathed rief reif reef wreathe wreat garland wreth wreah wreaths throne chair

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