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Switzerland and Helvetia 345

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Switzerland and Helvetia
« on: May 31, 2018, 12:21:33 PM »

I've been organizing my coin collection in Excel, and I decided to add a column of each country's name, as it exists in their respective language. I had to look up several, but others exist on their coins.
Switzerland was an interesting entry. On their 2 Franc coin, there is a woman with the word Helvetia below her.
Seeing how on other coins it says "Confederatio Helvetica", one could assume that Helvetia would mean "Switzerland", and it kind of does, but we SAK enthusiasts know that the word would be Schweiz or Suisse.

Helvetia, it turns out, is the female personification of Switzerland. The name is a derivation of the ethnonym Helvetii, the name of the Gaulish tribe inhabiting the Swiss Plateau prior to the Roman conquest. Fascinating stuff, at least to me.
I guess Schweiz or Suisse is what I'll go with, and either will do, but Helvetia sounds so much better. I might just leave it in my list.

« Last Edit: May 31, 2018, 12:26:22 PM by ReamerPunch »

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Re: Switzerland and Helvetia
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2018, 12:29:00 PM »
Cool bit of history you shared there

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Re: Switzerland and Helvetia
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2018, 01:15:32 PM »
did not know that. thanks for sharing :tu:

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Re: Switzerland and Helvetia
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2018, 10:40:54 PM »
Wasn't there an 'Asterix in Helvetia" where they went to Switzerland involving yodeling (or was it playing if some sort of horn?) and parties with dipping pieces of toast on the end of one's sword into cauldrons of melted cheese?  :think:
« Last Edit: May 31, 2018, 10:50:43 PM by Syncop8r »

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Re: Switzerland and Helvetia
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2018, 08:38:28 AM »
Sure was!



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