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The designation of ½ Franc was taken over from the French half-franc coin, which bore the lettering "½ FRANC" or "DEMI FRANC" until 1845. This, together with the image on the coin (seated Helvetia), emphasised that it belonged to the group of silver coins.
Designer: Friedrich Fisch
Engraver: Antoine Bovy
In a mountain setting, laureate Helvetia seated resting on a plow and grains and wearing a toga, is holding a Swiss shield in her left hand and is raising the other toward the left side. Engraver's name on the left. Privy marks of the Paris Mint: Charles-Louis Dierickx (hand, director of the mint) and Jacques-Jean Barré (dog's head, chief engraver of the mint) below.
Depicts a value inside a wreath. Mintmark below.