Switzerland 1857 5 francs

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Sincona sale 35, lot 5756
This specimen was lot 5756 in Sincona sale 35 (Zurich, October 2016), where it sold for 750 CHF (about US$890 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Confederation, 5 Franken 1857. Eidgenössisches Schützenfest in Bern. Fast FDC. Attraktive Patina. (Swiss confederation, five francs of 1857, on the shooting festival in Bern. About uncirculated, Attractive patina.)"
Confederation coinage commenced in 1850; prior to that, each canton struck its own coinage. In 1931, the five francs was reduced to 15 grams, .835 fine, and struck in that form until 1969. This coin issued for the shooting festival in Bern is on the border between medal and coin and has been in and out of the SCWC.

Recorded mintage: 5,195 plus a few specimens.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, this specimen 25.02 g.

Catalog reference: Richter (Schützentaler) 181a, HMZ 2-1343b. KM-XS4, Dav-378.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • Richter, Juerg, and Ruedi Kunzmann, Neuer HMZ-Katalog, Band 2: Die Münzen der Schweiz und Liechtensteins 15//16. Jahrhundert bis Gegenwart, Regenstauf, Germany: H. Gietl Verlag GmbH, 2006.
  • [1]Jürg Richter, Schweizer Münzen und Medaillen vom Mittelalter bis in die Neuzeit, Auktion 35, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2016.

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