Zurich people and Their Money - Coinage on the Limmat
Before the time of Alfred Escher (†1882), Zurich in terms of populousness or economal importance was far from being at the top of Swiss cities. Nevertheless, money had mattered already in old Zurich, the prestigious commercial town on the Limmat. After the city had taken over the right to mint coins from the abbess of Zurich, it minted its own money for many centuries. What the old coins report of the city on the lake, you can read here.