SWITZERLAND 5 francs 1931


SWITZERLAND, 5 francs, 1931, Obverse: bust of William Tell R, CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA, Reverse: shield between floral sprays, 5 FR., Edge: | ***DOMINUS PROVIDEBIT **********, legend starting at 2 o’clock with obverse up, silver, 31mm, 0.4027 ozT, KM40, edge nicks, VF

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

The political arrangements that resulted in the nations of modern Europe began to emerge out of anarchy starting in the 7th century AD or so. Europe for our purposes stretches from Greenland to somewhere in Russia. Collectors of Europe would likely include Russia. Collectors of Asia even though about 2/3 of Russia is in Asia probably not.

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.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins to which the KM numbers refer.