1806, Swiss Cantons, Bern. Silver “Gymnasium” Thaler (40 Batzen) Coin.
Region: Bern (Switzerland)
Mint Period: 1806 (not dated)
References: Davneport -, Meier/Häusler 155, SM-727
Denomination: “Gymnasium” Thaler of 40 Batzen (official thaler-sized school award medal of the gymnasium of Bern City).
Obverse: Togate city goddess (Tyche, peronification of Bern City) standing below palm (symbol for knowledge) and pointing to its high crown.
Legend: TURGENT IN PALMITE GEMMAE ("The buds swell on the joyful stem!")
Exergue: GYMNASIUM BERNENSE.
Obverse: Crowned oval shield with arms of Bern (bear walking left) within wreath.
Legend: RESPUBLICA BERNENSIS
The canton of Bern is the second largest of the 26 Swiss cantons. Located in west-central Switzerland, it borders the Canton of Jura and the Canton of Solothurn to the north. To the west lie the Canton of Neuchâ¢tel, the Canton of Fribourg and Vaud. To the south lies the Valais. East of the canton of Bern lie the cantons of Uri, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Lucerne and Aargau. The canton of Bern is bilingual (French and German). The cantonal capital, also the Federal capital, is Bern.