Republic of Zurich, 1 Schilling 1751


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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