1962-B Switzerland Confederacy "Lady Helvetia" 1/2-Franc Silver Minor Coin, Great Condition Sharp Details! 18.2 mm.
1962-B Switzerland Confederacy "Lady Helvetia" 1/2-Franc Silver Minor Coin, Great Condition Sharp Details! 18.2 mm 2.5 Gr.
A rather attractive Swiss minor silver coin. Comes in a capsule.
Country. The Swiss Confederacy Subject. Lady Helvetia Year. 1962 Value. 1/2-Franc Composition. Silver.835 Size. 18.2 mm Weight. 2.5 Grs. Thickness. 1.28 mm Mint. Bern Mint.
- Obverse: Helvetia, the female personification of Switzerland, wearing a toga, is holding a spear and is leaning on a Swiss shield. She is encircled by the 22 stars representing the 22 cantons in which the Confederation then consisted.
Engraver: A. Bovy d'après A. Walch
- Reverse: NOTE: The B Mintmark is below the ribbon on the wreath
- Lady Helvetia of the Swiss Confederacy: - Helvetia is the female national personification of the Swiss Confederation.
The allegory is typically pictured in a flowing gown, with a spear and a shield emblazoned with the Swiss flag, and commonly with braided hair, commonly with a wreath as a symbol of confederation. The name is a derivation of the ethnonym Helvetii, the name of the Gaulish tribe inhabiting the Swiss Plateau prior to the Roman conquest.
The fashion of depicting the Swiss Confederacy in terms of female allegories arises in the 17th century. This replaces an earlier convention, popular in the 1580s, of representing Switzerland as a bull (Schweizer Stier).
In the first half of the 17th century, there was not a single allegory identified as Helvetia. Rather, a number of allegories were shown, representing both virtues and vices of the confederacy.
Female allegories of individual cantons predate the single Helvetia figure.
Identification of the Swiss as "Helvetians" (Hélvetiens) becomes common in the 18th century, Helvetia appears in patriotic and political artwork in the context of the construction of a national history and identity in the early 19th century, after the disintegration of the Napoleonic Helvetic Republic, and she appears on official federal coins and stamps from the foundation of Switzerland as a federal state in 1848.