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  • n. A silver coin minted in Bern, Switzerland from the 15th century until the mid-19th century, equal to 10 rappen.


Swiss: b├Ątz (bear) (Wiktionary)


  • So he to the 'rotboss,' and I to a decent inn, and sketched the landlord's daughter by candle-light, and started at morn batzen three the richer, but could not find my master, so loitered slowly on, and presently met him coming west for me, and cursing the quiens.

    The Cloister and the Hearth

  • I laughed in my sleeve; for a few batzen were all my store.

    The Cloister and the Hearth

  • Also gavest two batzen for a shell from Holy Land, that came no farther than Normandy.

    The Cloister and the Hearth

  • So I feigned drowsiness, and taking out two batzen said, 'Good men, for our Lady's grace let me lie on a bed and sleep, for I am faint with travel.'

    The Cloister and the Hearth

  • I rode into it: a tin goblet came down from the ceiling by a little chain: I put two batzen into it, and it went up again.

    The Cloister and the Hearth

  • I counted out my coins, and they came to a rix dollar and two batzen.

    The Cloister and the Hearth

  • Furthermore, as long as thou thinkest, This gulden or batzen (shilling or farthing) can't help me to get over it; so long will thy debts become never the smaller: and, what were a sorrow to me, thou wilt not be able, after a heavy labour of head got done, to recreate thyself in the society of other good men.

    The Life of Friedrich Schiller Comprehending an Examination of His Works

  • (about 10_d. _ and 15_d. _ of our money) were efficacious against musket and carbine balls; those at twenty batzen (about half-a-crown) were proof against cannon shot also!

    Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846

  • a better example, took one, and for it gave the poor pilgrim two batzen, and had his blessing.

    The Cloister and the Hearth


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