Switzerland 1865 5 francs
This specimen was lot 6231 in Goldberg sale 72 (Los Angeles, February 2013), where it sold for $506. The catalog description noted, "Switzerland. 5 Francs, 1865. For the Federal Shooting Festival at Schaffhausen. NGC graded MS-64." 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: 10,000.
Specification: 25 g, .835 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Dav-382; KM-XS8.
- Bruce, Colin R., George Cuhaj and Thomas Michael, Unusual World Coins, 5th Ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.
- Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
- Ira and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 72: The Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles, CA: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.