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Switzerland (Basel) 5 Batzen  1809 and 1810
Switzerland (Basel) 5 Batzen 1809 and 1810

Your coin is from the days of the Swiss Cantons, the early states comprising the Swiss Federation. Specifically it is from the Canton of Basel. The inscription DOMINE CONSERVA NOS IN PACE means Lord, Preserve us in Peace, which was adopted by the city of Basel.

These coins are minted in silver and have the diameter of 26 millimeters. The coin catalogs report these values:

5 BATZEN
worn: $30 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $60
well preserved: $90
fully uncirculated: $225

The coin in our picture comes from SINCONA in Zürich, Switzerland where it sold for 100 Swiss fracs (about $112 US dollars) during a 2014 auction. CoinQuest thanks SINCONA for use of their coin photo.

Remember to use the principles described on our Terminology page to convert these inflated catalog values to actual buy and sell values.

Coin: 18761 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: dankajell, Sun, 01-Feb-2015 14:57:59 GMT
Answered by: Andrei, Sun, 01-Feb-2015 17:43:04 GMT
Requester description: 1809 Front has a highly detailed dragon and a shield with a design on it, not sure what to call the design, the shield is to the left of the dragon but in front of the dragon as well. Back has what looks like a wreath wrapping around the denomination at the bottom of the back is the date 1809
Tags: switzerland 5 batzen helvetische switz helvetia swiss suisse canton helvetica helvitica cantons helvetic batz bazen conserva nos pace dragon shield well wreath wrapping wrap denomination dragons arms sheild coats shiled crests chevrons shild escucheon insignia arm coat crested crest chevron creast shields escutcheon wreathed rief reif reef wreathe wreat garland wreth wreah wreaths wrapped griffin griffons gryphon giffin griffon griffins

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