Shortly before the end of the war, Germany’s Foreign Office moves large quantities of gold from Berlin to the German legation in Bern. Just a few hours after Germany surrenders, the vaults are empty. The search for the Bern gold hoard begins.
This year marks 140 years since the death of Joseph-Samuel Farinet, the most famous counterfeiter in Switzerland. In the 19th century, he flooded the Valais with 20-rappen pieces. The Swiss National Museum is telling his story within their blog.