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Switzerland Geneva Canton 1/2, 1, and 1 1/2 Sols  1817 to 1833
Switzerland Geneva Canton 1/2, 1, and 1 1/2 Sols 1817 to 1833

You've got an interesting coin, Huey. It is from Switzerland, not France, but these two countries have a lot in common from a numismatic (coin collector) point of view. Both have coins with denominations sol, centime, and franc.

Your coin is from the days of the Swiss Cantons, the early states comprising the Swiss Federation. Specifically it is from the Canton of Geneva (Geneve). The inscription Post Tenebras Lux means 'Light After Darkness' which originates in the Bible (Job 17:12) and was adopted by Christian leaders and also by the city of Geneva.

There were 12 deniers in a sol, so UN SOL 6 D indicates one and one-half sol.

These coins were minted in billon (an alloy of silver and copper) and in silver. Huey states his coin is made of gold, but this is very improbable. Perhaps Huey's coin is gold plated, which will lower value substantially. Or perhaps it has picked up a spiffy golden toning, which will increase value substantially!

NEVER CLEAN A COIN. CLEANING RUINS VALUE.

The coin catalogs list these coins with decent value, and you can find the around the Internet for sale a good prices. The coin in our picture comes from respected eBay seller AspenCoins where it sold retail for $28 US dollars. A dealer might pay $10 to $14 for this coin, keeping the dealership afloat by selling it at twice that amount.

Dates range from 1817 to 1833 and there are minor variations in the patterns. In general all these coins, the 6D, UN SOL, and US SOL 6D, as well as all the dates, carry prices that about the same, as follows:

COINS MINTED IN BILLON:
worn: $5 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $10
well preserved: $25
fully uncirculated: $75

COINS MINTED IN SILVER:
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $25
well preserved: $75
fully uncirculated: $150

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

Coin: 6886 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: Huey, Wed, 23-Feb-2011 05:17:20 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Thu, 24-Oct-2013 03:32:56 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Wed, 21-Oct-2015 01:56:36 GMT
Requester description: 1825 Obverse: Shield left side 1/2 Eagle with crown over head; right side is a key; top of shield is a sunburst w/initials JHS. Reads: REP ET CANTON DE GENEV Reverse: 1 SOL 6 D. inside a circle. Reads: POST TENEBRAS LUX 1825 at bottom.
Tags: switzerland geneva canton 1 2 sols sun helvetische switz helvetia swiss suisse helvetica helvitica cantons helvetic genev geneve sunrise sola sol sunburst sunshine sunset sunlight shield eagle crown head key initials monogram jhs rep et 6 circle tenebras lux luxembourg arms sheild coats shiled crests chevrons shild escucheon insignia arm coat crested crest chevron creast shields escutcheon eaglets egals egal eagles eagel crowned tiara crowns tiarra crowning tiera keys script inscription letter monograms initial scripts initals calligraphy caligraphy letters inscriptions lettering scrip lettered circled encircle circlet ring circles loops circal encircled circuit ringed circumscibed incircled circel circumference encircles encircling rings circling loop circular circumscribed luxemburg luxemb luxenberg luxenburg luxemberg deniers denier hawk falcon grain wheat dot bead pearl rays ray beams star starburst grains wheatie wheats beaded period dotted beading beads point periods dots points pearls radiating radiates beam radiate radiant starrs stars burst

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