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perplex himself with their intricacies; since he will find French Napoleons and francs current nearly all over Switzerland. They are indeed, on ihe whole, the best coins he can take with him ; and, except in some very remote situations, on the east side of the country, in the cantons of St. Gall, Appenzell, and Grisons, which border on Germany, and where Bavarian florins ( = 20 pence) and kreutzers are in common circulation, the innkeepers always make out their bills in Fr. francs, or will do so if required.
It is necessary, however, to prevent being cheated, that the traveller should know the value of one or two Swiss coins. 1 Swiss franc, containing 10 batz = 1 1/2 French
franc (1 franc 48 cents.), = (nearly 1s. 21.
English. N.B. · This distinction between the value of French and Swiss francs should be particularly attended to. 1 batz contains 10 rappen, and—11/2d. (nearly)
English. The Swiss coins most frequently met with are pieces of 5 batzen, or 1/2 a Swiss franc; 1 batz, 1/2 batz, and rappen. Pieces are also coined of •1, 2, 3, and 4 Swiss francs. Value of some Foreign Coins in Swiss Currency. 1 French Napoleon=14 Swiss francs. 1 ) 5 franc-piece = from 33 314 to 35
batzen. 1 French franc=(commonly) 7 batzen or exactly
6 batzen 8 rapps. 1 English shilling = 9 batzen. (1 ) sovereign = 17 Swiss francs 4 batzen
1 Brabant dollar = 4 Swiss francs, or 40
batzen. [The Brabant dollar (kronthaler, or grosse thaler) is an advantageous coin to take into the German cantons, since, although it is worth only 5 Fr. fr. 80 cents., it passes throughout for 6 francs. ] SWISS FRANCS AND BATZEN, — Reduced to their Value
in the Money of
Pruessin. Saxony. Bavaria. France. | | Dollar of
Florins of Francs
30 Dollars of 60 Francs of of 10
Silber 24 Kreutzers 100 Batzen.
Gros. Groscben. =20d. Centimes |
Aarau, Bern, Basle, Freyburg, Soleure, Vaud, and
Vallais. These cantons combined together in 1825 to adopt an uniform currency.
Swiss franc = 10 balzen.
, ha!z = 10 rapps.
, Gulden = 15 batzen = 60 kreutzers. Appenzell, St. Gall, Schaffhausen, and Thurgovie,
Accounts are kept in florins ( 24 gulden foot, as in Frankfort, Baden, etc.)
florin, of 60 kreutzers = 20d. English,
= 9 forins 21 kreutzers.
= 5 fl. 30 kr.
Geneva. a Florins (petite monnaie) containing 12 sols = 12 deniers. b Livres, courants of
20 sols = 42 deniers. c French francs and centimes d Swiss francs, and batzen
FI 1 French 5-franc piece = 3 1 9 or 10 10 f French franc
= 26 Genevese Sols. 4 Brabant dollar = 3 10 9 or 12 4 (The Pound sterling is usually worib 25 fr. 50 c.)
1 French franc 76 centimes = 16d. English.
Brabant dollar = 3 Gr, florins 20 kreutzers.
, 5-franc piece. = 2 fl. 53 kr.
, 1 franc Swiss franc
Swiss piece of 5 batzen = one fl. 30 blutzgers, 1 » 1 barzen =
6 blutzgers. 1 Bavarian forin
1 Grison f1, 14 kreutz. 2 Zwanzigers
1 Grison fl. Lucerne and Unterwalden. Florin of 15 (light) balzen, or 40 schillings, or 60 kreutzers. 1 Louis d'or = 12 florins of Lucerne. 1 5-franc piece = 2 florios of Lucerne. 22 schillings.
· Schwytz and Uri. Florin of 15 (light) batzen, or 40 schillings, or 60 kreutzers. Louis d'or=13 florins of Schwytz.
35 cents. = 1 Bavarian florin 6 kreutzers.
= 2 Zurich florins 27 kreutzers. French 5-franc piece = 2 1/8 Zurich florins
., 20-franc , = 8 1/2 Zurich florins.
The Zurich florin is also divided into 16 good) batzen and 40 rapps, and again into 40 schillings of 4 rapps each.
In August, 1834 twelve of the cantons * agreed to appoint a commission to examine into the present complicated currency, and to devise a new and uniform system of coinage. They have already altered and corrected the weights and mea
, * Zurich, Bern, Lucerne, Zug, Glarus, Freyburg, Soleure, Basle, Schaffhausen, St. Gall, Argovie, and Thurgovie.