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Switzerland 1 and 2 Rappen  1948 to 2006
Switzerland 1 and 2 Rappen 1948 to 2006

Helvetia is the female personification of Switzerland, officially Confederatio Helvetica, the 'Helvetic Confederation'. Her image on the coin is the traditional one. A non-traditional rendering by ccdck appears in our secondary image. From Wikipedia: 'Helvetia is the Roman name for an ancient region of central Europe occupying a plateau between the Alps and the Jura Mountains. Helvetia corresponded roughly to the western part of modern Switzerland, and the name is still used poetically.'

Swiss coiners thought it best not to cram Helvetia's image on the small-denomination 1 and 2 rappen coins. A simple cross and an oat sprig did the trick. The 1 rappen was minted all the way to 2006. The 2 rappen lasted only until 1974.

These are modern coins made of non-precious metal. As such their value is not very high, although collectors are always looking for nice uncirculated examples of this (and all) coins.

Some typical catalog values run like this:

1 RAPPEN 1948 TO 1956
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $1
fully uncirculated: $6

1 RAPPEN AFTER 1956
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: less than $1
fully uncirculated: $2

2 RAPPEN 1948 TO 1953
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $1
fully uncirculated: $10

2 RAPPEN 1954 TO 1958
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: less than$1
fully uncirculated: $5

2 RAPPEN AFTER 1958
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: less than $1
fully uncirculated: $2

Coin: 17454 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: Kathy, Tue, 22-Jul-2014 14:25:31 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Wed, 23-Jul-2014 01:40:56 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Sat, 23-Jul-2016 15:00:45 GMT
Requester description: 1948 front side has only a cross and the back side says 2 with the letter b underneath it 2 helvetia
Tags: switzerland 1 2 rappen helvetische switz helvetia swiss suisse helvetica helvitica cantons helvetic front only cross letter leters letters lettering lettered wheat wheatie weat wheats grain grains

  

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