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1826 Batzen from Bern

The batzen was a coin produced by Bern, Switzerland from the 15th century until the mid-19th century. The batzen is named for the bear (Batz, B├Ątz or Petz meaning bear) depicted on the batzen of Bern.

Other Swiss cantons and southern German states soon followed Bern's example, producing their own batzen. The batzen was originally a silver coin, but by the 17th century it was struck in billon. In Bern's monetary system, the batzen was worth four kreuzer.

With decimalization reform in the 19th century, the batzen was divided into 10 rappen, with 10 batzen worth 1 franc.


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