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Swiss 2-rappen: why shunned?

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This notebook entry for a Swiss 2-rappen…anyone have an idea why the 2-rappen was treated so poorly?


x: Switzerland’s 2-rappen reached its end with these 1974-dated pieces. No more 2-rappen pieces were struck, and those outstanding (of 1948-74) were demonetized on 1 January 1978. In a departure from the usual 20-year redeemability period for obsolete denominations, these pieces were redeemable at the Swiss National Bank only until 30 June 1979. I got tickled reading the SNB on this very abbreviated redemption window; here from its website (in 2015): “The worthless 2-centime coins might possibly have collector’s value. Unlike numismatists, antique shops or banks, the SNB does not deal in worthless coins.” Beautifully circular! (08)


The 1-rappen was discontinued also, but it wasn't afforded this sort of disrespect. I wonder why the 2-rappen was different?


:) v.



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