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
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
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
is what I'll go with, and either will do, but Helvetia sounds so much better. I might just leave it in my list.