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Old Swiss Money

Coming from somewhere where decimalisation and coin redesign means that I've never really had old coins before, it facinates me when I get an old coin in my change and it gets me thinking about what it could have bought in its lifetime.

I'm currently the proud owner of a 1959 20 rappen coin (until I go for a coffee).

Does anyone have an idea what 20 Rp would have bought in 1959?

There must be some old chaps and chapesses out there who can get all nostalgic on me.
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Coming from somewhere where decimalisation and coin redesign means that I've never really had old coins before, it facinates me when I get an old coin in my change and what it could have bought in its lifetime.

I'm currently the proud owner of a 1959 20 rappen coin (until I go for a coffee).

Does anyone have an idea what 20 Rp would have bought in 1959?

There must be some old chaps and chapesses out there who can get all nostalgic on me.
Cheap hooker on Langstrasse?

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I've always seen this as a sign of the CHF's stability... conveniently forgetting, or course, decimalisation (or is that decimation ) in the UK and the Euro's introduction in the rest of the EU
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Heh, I still have the 1909 20rp coin in my wallet, keeping it a as good luck charm.
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I'm always amazed at how many 1968 coins I come across. Maybe that number just jumps out as it was a big year, but I do notice a lot of them.
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Coming from somewhere where decimalisation and coin redesign means that I've never really had old coins before, it facinates me when I get an old coin in my change and it gets me thinking about what it could have bought in its lifetime.

I'm currently the proud owner of a 1959 20 rappen coin (until I go for a coffee).

Does anyone have an idea what 20 Rp would have bought in 1959?

There must be some old chaps and chapesses out there who can get all nostalgic on me.

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Edit: My oldest coin is a 1952 20 Rp
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Does anyone have an idea what 20 Rp would have bought in 1959?

There must be some old chaps and chapesses out there who can get all nostalgic on me.
According to my mother you could have bought a "Weggli" or a "Schwöbli (a roll) for 20 Rp, a croissant for 40 Rp, 1 pound of bread for 75 Rp, a Cervelat for 50 Rp, and a "Stange" (3.33 dl) Beer in a Restaurant for 60 Rp
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According to my mother you could have bought a "Weggli" or a "Schwöbli (a roll) for 20 Rp, a croissant for 40 Rp, 1 pound of bread for 75 Rp, a Cervelat for 50 Rp, and a "Stange" (3.33 dl) Beer in a Restaurant for 60 Rp
Not really that much then. I was expecting a trip to the cinema and bratwurst and chips on the way home or something.
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My oldest coin is a 1952 20 Rp
Is it a commemorative coronation edition?
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Re: Old Swiss Money

It seems that with a bit of spit and polish, my 20 Rp could be worth 2 Euro

http://www.hallo-loi.de/schweizer-mu...-muenzen-1.htm
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Not really that much then. I was expecting a trip to the cinema and bratwurst and chips on the way home or something.
Food was far more expensive in Switzerland in those days, according to my Swiss history buff friend. Apparently 50% of one's income went to food. I have some salary sheets from the 50's here out of a watchmaking firm, and converting up to modern value folks earned quite a bit less too.
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It seems that with a bit of spit and polish, my 20 Rp could be worth 2 Euro

http://www.hallo-loi.de/schweizer-mu...-muenzen-1.htm
Let's have less spit and more polish, heh? This is a family-friendly web-site after all...
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Let's have less spit and more polish, heh? This is a family-friendly web-site after all...

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It seems that with a bit of spit and polish, my 20 Rp could be worth 2 Euro

http://www.hallo-loi.de/schweizer-mu...-muenzen-1.htm
Hah! Mine is worth 12.
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Hah! Mine is worth 12.

Oooh I just found a 1908 2 CHF coin
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Re: Old Swiss Money

Were the coins not silver (part-silver) at some point? I have an old 5CHF coin that is tarnished like silver tarnishes. I forget the year, I have to check. It is far pre-WWII. When I received it from my aunt 20 years ago I thought I would never even see Switzerland, now.....
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Were the coins not silver (part-silver) at some point?
Yes they are. Pretty simple test is: If you coin falls through some vending machine on the first attempt, it is often an old one...
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Or you could just look at the date?
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i have a 1 rappen coin in my wallet
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Does anyone have an idea what 20 Rp would have bought in 1959?

There must be some old chaps and chapesses out there who can get all nostalgic on me.
You're into Wollishofener territory on that one bud, I wasn't born then. But pull up a chair and I'm sure Wolli will delight in telling you about Sugus, Ovomaltine and Sinalco from way back when.....
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