An Elephant on Berne Thaler

28 Aug 2020  Fri

The Thaler coin depicts crowned- coat of arm where it is shown an elephant is moving upward with inscribed legends ‘RESPUBLICA BERNENSIS’. The other side of the coin shows the effigy of tribe man holding spiral spade and legends, ‘DOMINUS PROVIDEBIT 1798’.

Until 1798, the Thaler was the currency of the Swiss canton of Bern. It was further subdivided into 40 Batzen, each of 4 Kreuzer. The canton of Bern was the second-largest of the 26 Swiss cantons by both surface area and population. The currency was replaced by the Frank of the Helvetian Republic in 1798.

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

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