Rappen: coin of Swiss Confederation (1850-...); 1/100 franc


1 rappen, 1992: Swiss Confederation

1 rappen, 1992: Swiss Confederation

Denomination (without the name of the denomination of the coin) and ear of wheat.

Swissmint, Bern (sign "B" on the coin).

Minor defect on the reverse of the coin: cracked stamp.

The Swiss cross (main element of the coat of arms of Switzerland) surrounded by the "HELVETIA": on swiss coins the Latin name of the Swiss Confederation ("Confoederatio Helvetica", — frequently shortened to "Helvetia") is used instead of the four different national names of country.

Designer: Josef Tannheimer (Swiss artist, calligrapher, goldsmith, engraver).

  • Bronze: 16 mm - 1.5 g
  • Reference price: 0.4$

COIN RAPPEN — WHERE & WHEN (coins catalog: by names & emitents)
  1. SWISS CONFEDERATION (1850-…): rappen = 1/100 franc
  2. MEDIEVAL GERMAN CITIES (Colmar, Thann, Baden-Durlach, Breisach, Freiburg, Todtnau… — 14th-16th centuries): rappen = pfennig
  3. SWISS CANTONS (Aargau, Basel, Bern, Fribourg, Glarus, Lucerne, Schwyz, Solothurn, Unterwalden, Uri, Vaud, Zug, Z├╝rich… — 14th-19th centuries): rappen = 1/240 dicken, rappen = 1/240 thaler, rappen = 1/288 thaler, rappen = 1/240 guldenthaler, rappen = 1/120 gulden, rappen = 1/100 frank, rappen = 1/100 franc
  4. HELVETIC REPUBLIC (1800-1802): rappen = 1/100 franc

Regarding the origin of rappen as a coin, there is evidence of its appearance in the 14th century as a kind of pfennig. Regarding the name, there is an assumption about its origin from the word "Rappenpfennig" (pfennig with the image of an eagle, produced in Freiburg in the 13th century; the shape of the bird's head resembled a crow — English "raven", German "rabe").