Republic of Berne, 1/2 Taler 1797

The valiant heroes defeated by the French troops in 1798 in a battle near Berne might have looked just like the 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 treasury of Berne. The lost battle sealed the downfall of the Ancien RĂ©gime in Berne, just as the lost state treasure sealed the city's financial collapse.