Tag Archive for: Switzerland

Memorabilia of Shootings as signs of Swiss Traditions

Shooting festivals are a most typical Swiss tradition. Medals, cups, and other memorabilia can be won and collected. Based on a special collection, which is currently being auctioned off by Sincona, Jürg Richter gives a comprehensive overview on this topic.

Prophet Daniel in the lion’s den in Basel

On June 20, 2012 in Schaffhausen an exhibition was opened on the occasion of 25 years Sturzenegger Foundation. In these years the numismatic department too has received many important acquisitions as for instance this medal from Basel featuring Prophet Daniel in the lion’s den.

Waser – a calumniated mayor and his coins

On June 20, 2012 in Schaffhausen an exhibition was opened on the occasion of 25 years Sturzenegger Foundation. In these years the numismatic department too has received many important acquisitions as for instance this so-called wasertaler, a coin which tells about envy, calumniation, and the vanity of integrity.

Introduction ‘The People of Zurich and their Money’ Part 1

Our series ‘The People of Zurich and their Money’ will present one exciting chapter of Swiss numismatics and economic history at a time. The introduction provides an initial overview in two parts. Follow along in this first section as we trace the evolution of Swiss numismatics from the beginning all the way through to the 16th century.

Schaffhausen and Russia

On June 20, 2012 in Schaffhausen an exhibition was opened in occasion of 25 years Sturzenegger Foundation. In these years the numismatic department too has received many important acquisitions as for instance this jefímok on a Schaffhausen taler from the Tobler collection.

Swiss gold coins for 25 and 50 francs – Part 1: historical origin

In 1953, Swiss National Bank was obligated by law to exchange banknotes for gold. The consequences: The country needed an enormous amount of gold circulation coins. But it was a rocky road up to the coinage, as you can read here.

Swiss gold coins for 25 and 50 francs – chapter 2: from circulation coin to coveted rarity and then to melting

Since 1955, the Swiss mint was striking coins on a large scale – and did not issue them after all. However, a small part of them became a wanted collectible. The rest was melted down. Read here, how it happened.

Introduction ‘The People of Zurich and their Money’ Part 2

Our occasional series ‘The People of Zurich and their Money’ will present one exciting chapter of Swiss numismatics and economic history at a time. The introduction provides an initial overview in two parts. This second section takes us from the Thirty Years War all the way to the present day.

Women and Finance. An Evolving Image

An intriguing exhibition has opened at Olten recently: “Women and Finance. An evolving image”. Read here, why exotic women and ancient goddesses were pictured on security certificates and how role models changed – not only on these papers, but also in real life economy!

The Saints of Zurich

Have you ever been to Zurich? Perhaps during the last week of October, when the distinguished auction houses of Zurich hold their autumn sales? If …