Gold Duplone Currency of Swiss Canton

27 Aug 2020  Thu

The Duplone currency was used in various Swiss cantons in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Generally, one Duplone was equal to 16 Franken. Duplones had a consistent gold fineness of 0.900 across Switzerland.

The coin depicts crowned coat-of-arms and ‘RESPUBLICA SOLODORENSIS’ legends. And the other side of the coin features Saint Ursus standing, facing front and holding a flag with inscribed legends, ‘S URSUS MART 1789’.

Until 1798, Thaler was the currency of the Swiss canton of Solothurn which was further sub-divided into 40 Batzen, each of 4 Kreuzer or 8 Vierer. In 1798, the currency was replaced by the Frank of the Helvetian Republic.

In the late 18th century, billon coins were issued in denominations of 1 Vierer, 1, 2 and 4 Kreuzer along with silver 10 and 20 Kreuzer, 10 and 20 Batzen, and gold 1?4, 1?2, 1 and 2 Duplone.

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