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Republic of Berne, 1/2 Taler 1797

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Republic of Berne, 1/2 Taler 1797 (obverse) Republic of Berne, 1/2 Taler 1797 (reverse)

The worriers who were defeated by the French troops in 1798 near Berne might have looked just like the proud soldier on this half taler. And perhaps some coins like this one were among the assets that the French looted after the battle from the state treasure of Berne. The lost battle sealed the downfall of the Ancien Régime in Berne, just as the lost state treasure sealed the city's financial collapse.

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