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1962 Swiss Silver Half Franc

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ITEM NOTES
GENERAL
Type: Swiss Silver Half Franc
Origin: Switzerland Cat. Num.: KM# 23
Era / Ruler: Swiss Confederation Face Value: 1/2 Franc
Issued from: 1875 Issued until: 1967
Alignment: Coin Desgr. / Engr.: A. Bovy
Obverse: Standing Helvetia with lance and shield within star border
Reverse: Value, date within wreath
Edge: Reeded
ISSUE
Year: 1962
Mint: Bern
Mintage: 18,272,000
Scarcity:
20/100
 
Valuation:
10/100
 
Notes:
Grades & Prices available: ?
-> (VF+)   Sold
-> (AU)
$3.99
-> (UNC)   Sold
 
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SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8350
Weight(g): 2.5000g
Weight(Oz): 0.08 Oz
Net Content: 0.07 Oz (2.09g)
Diameter: 18.10mm
Thickness:
DESCRIPTION

In 1850, coins were introduced in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, and 20 rappen and ½, 1, 2, and 5 francs, with the 1 and 2 rappen struck in bronze, the 5, 10, and 20 rappen in billon, and the franc denominations in .900 fine silver. Between 1860 and 1863, .800 fine silver was used, before the standard used in France of .835 fineness was adopted for all silver coins except the 5 francs (which remained .900 fineness). In 1879, billon was replaced by cupro-nickel in the 5 and 10 rappen and by nickel in the 20 rappen.

Both world wars only had a small effect on the Swiss coinage, with brass and zinc coins temporarily being issued. In 1931, the size of the 5 franc coin was reduced from 25 grams to 15, with the silver content reduced to .835 fineness. The next year, nickel replaced cupro-nickel in the 5 and 10 rappen.

In the late 1960s, due to their linkage to the devaluing U.S. dollar, the prices of internationally traded commodities rose significantly. A silver coin's material value exceeded its monetary value, and many were being sent abroad for melting, which prompted the federal government to make this practice illegal. The statute was of little effect, and the melting of francs only subsided when the collectible value of the remaining francs again exceeded their material value.

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PRICE GUIDE
Year Mintage G F VF EF AU UNC BU PROOF
1875 1,000,000
$4.25
$13.00
$43
$160
$250
$425
$750
1877 1,000,000
$4.25
$15.50
$65
$210
$350
$650
$950
K 1878 1,000,000
$5.50
$20.50
$85
$210
$350
$650
$1100
1879 1,000,000
$3.25
$10.50
$36
$110
$180
$325
$550
1881 1,000,000
$1.25
$5.50
$24.50
$95
$170
$300
$500
1882 1,000,000
$1.25
$6.50
$41
$130
$200
$325
$550
1894 800,000
$3.00
$10.50
$41
$95
$120
$140
$325
1898 1,600,000
$2.00
$3.00
$4.50
$18.50
$35
$70
$90
1899 400,000
$1.25
$3.50
$9.50
$65
$110
$200
$400
1900 400,000
$3.50
$15.50
$70
$120
$200
$400
K 1901 200,000
$4.25
$15.50
$65
$230
$475
$950
$1900
1903 800,000
$1.75
$3.50
$15.50
$42
$120
$180
K 1904 400,000
$2.50
$6.50
$110
$275
$800
$1600
1905 600,000
$1.75
$3.50
$23.50
$60
$160
$300
1906 1,000,000
$1.75
$3.50
$23.50
$60
$160
$300
1907 1,200,000
$1.75
$3.50
$15.50
$44
$130
$220
1908 800,000
$1.75
$3.50
$18.50
$48
$130
$220
1909 1,000,000
$1.75
$3.50
$12.50
$37
$120
$180
1910 1,000,000
$1.75
$3.50
$12.50
$31
$80
$160
1913 800,000
$2.00
$3.50
$8.00
$23.50
$75
$150
1914 2,000,000
$1.75
$3.50
$6.50
$16.00
$41
$75
1916 800,000
$2.00
$3.50
$5.50
$23.00
$110
$180
1920 5,400,000
$1.75
$3.50
$5.50
$10.50
$20.50
$36
1921 6,000,000
$1.75
$3.50
$5.50
$10.50
$20.50
$36
1928 1,000,000
$1.75
$3.50
$10.00
$27
$75
$160
1929 2,000,000
$1.75
$3.50
$6.50
$11.50
$20.50
$36
1931 1,000,000
$1.75
$2.50
$10.00
$20.00
$41
$85
1932 1,000,000
$1.75
$2.25
$7.00
$15.50
$36
$65
1934 2,000,000
$1.75
$2.50
$7.00
$12.00
$20.50
$36
1936 400,000
$1.75
$3.50
$10.00
$21.50
$46
$90
1937 1,000,000
$1.75
$2.50
$6.50
$11.50
$20.50
$36
1939 1,001,000
$1.75
$2.50
$6.50
$11.50
$20.50
$41
1940 2,002,000
$1.25
$2.50
$5.50
$9.50
$15.50
$31
1941 200,000
$2.00
$3.50
$8.50
$15.00
$26
$41
1942 2,969,000
$1.25
$2.00
$3.50
$5.00
$6.50
$12.50
1943 4,573,000
$1.25
$2.00
$3.50
$5.00
$6.50
$12.50
1944 7,455,000
$1.25
$2.00
$3.00
$4.25
$5.50
$10.50
1945 4,928,000
$1.25
$2.00
$3.50
$4.25
$5.50
$10.50
1946 6,817,000
$1.25
$2.00
$3.00
$4.25
$5.50
$8.50
1946 ma Inc. Above
$23.50
$55
$120
$180
$210
$275
$650
1948 6,113,000
$1.25
$2.00
$3.00
$2.50
$4.25
$5.50
$9.50
1950 7,148,000
$1.25
$2.00
$3.00
$4.25
$5.50
$9.50
1951 8,530,000
$1.25
$2.00
$3.00
$3.75
$4.50
$7.50
1952 14,023,000
$1.25
$2.00
$2.75
$4.50
$5.50
$7.50
1953 3,567,000
$1.25
$2.00
$3.00
$4.25
$5.50
$9.50
1955 1,320,000
$1.25
$2.00
$3.50
$6.50
$10.50
$15.50
1956 4,250,000
$1.25
$2.50
$3.00
$4.25
$5.50
$9.50
1957 12,085,000
$1.25
$2.50
$3.50
$4.00
$4.50
$7.50
1958 11,558,000
$1.25
$2.00
$3.00
$3.75
$4.50
$7.50
1959 12,581,000
$2.00
$2.50
$2.50
$2.75
$3.75
$4.50
$7.50
1960 14,528,000
$1.25
$2.00
$2.75
$3.75
$4.50
$7.50
1961 6,906,000
$2.25
$2.00
$2.50
$3.75
$4.50
$5.00
$8.00
1962 18,272,000
$1.25
$2.00
$3.00
$3.99
$4.50
$7.50
1963 25,168,000
$1.25
$2.00
$2.99
$3.75
$4.50
$7.50
1964 22,720,000
$1.25
$2.00
$2.99
$3.50
$4.50
$7.50
1965 17,920,000
$1.25
$2.00
$2.99
$3.50
$6.50
$7.50
1966 10,008,000
$1.25
$2.00
$3.00
$3.75
$4.50
$7.50
1967 16,096,000
$1.25
$2.00
$3.25
$3.99
$4.50
$7.50

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