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Republic of Zurich, 1 Schilling 1751

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Republic of Zurich, 1 Schilling 1751 (obverse) Republic of Zurich, 1 Schilling 1751 (reverse)

Most people in Zurich calculated in schillings in the 18th century. Schillings were the coins the every-day-coins of ordinary people; employees got paid with them, just as market-women and craftsmen. In the second half of the century, the earnings of a carpenter journeyman averaged about 6,000 schillings a year.

With such a salary he would not have been able to keep a family. Under the assumption that our carpenter would have had to support a family of five, which was the average household size at that time, he would have had to spend more than 90 percent of his income for food alone costs for living, clothing and other things not included.

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