Switzerland 1861 5 francs
This specimen was lot 25011 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $576. The catalog description noted, "SWITZERLAND. Nidwalden 5 Francs, 1861. NGC MS-63. Struck to commemorate the shooting festival in Nidwalden. Sharply struck with light attractive tone and strong underlying soft satin luster. Ex: Stack's Bowers & Ponterio 06/2011 sale, lot# 8558." This is the sixth in a series of "shooting festival thalers" issued by the confederation of Switzerland, starting with Solothurn (Dav-377, 1855), Bern (Dav-378, 1857), Zurich (Dav-379, 1859), Nidwalden (Dav-380, 1861) and La Chaux-de-Fonds (Dav-381, 1863). The series continues to the present day but at some point they ceased to be legal tender and became strictly medals.
Recorded mintage: 6,000 plus a few specimens.
Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, lettered edge.
Catalog reference: Richter 1022a. Bruce-S6, Dav-380.
- 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 Münzen der Schweiz und Liechtensteins 15//16. Jahrhundert bis Gegenwart, Regenstauf, Germany: H. Gietl Verlag GmbH, 2006.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.