The early coins from Zurich mostly depicted the patron saints of the city, Felix and Regula. Later issues, however, show the 'portrait' of the respective abbess.
This coin depicts a schematic picture of Abbess Elizabeth of Spiegelberg (1298-1308). She wears a nun's veil, but also a necklace as a worldly attribute. This demonstrated the double position of the abbess of Zurich: clerical principal as well as feudal lord.