SWITZERLAND, 1 rappen, 1891


SWITZERLAND, 1 rappen, 1891, Obverse: arms with hat over crossed olive & oak branches, HELVETIA, thick cross variety with arms of cross about 1.6mm wide, Reverse: denomination in crossed olive branches, Edge: plain, bronze, 16mm, KM3, thick cross, ~1.6mm wide arms, aXF

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Coin collecting is fairly popular in Switzerland. They seem to like to buy their Swiss coins from local dealers. This coin, this year, has thick cross and thin cross varieties.

The modern Swiss Confederation dates from 1848. There had been several previous federations from the 13th century. They began making national coins in 1850.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kid will ask “How?”