Switzerland 1873-B 5 francs

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Heritage sale 3021, lot 22799
Switzerland 1873 5 francs rev Heritage 3021-22799.jpg

This specimen was lot 22799 in Heritage sale 3021 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $5,875. The catalog description[1] noted, "Confederation 5 Francs 1873-B, MS65 NGC, a marvelous example of this very scarce date with superb silvery-gray patina and full underlying mint luster. An absolutely original coin with instant eye appeal. Very rare in this elite quality." This type was struck 1850-51 and 1873-74 only. This issue was struck in Bern and is the rare date. It was superseded in 1888 by a liberty head type (KM 34). All are expensive in nice condition.

Recorded mintage: 30,500.

Specification: 25 g, .800 fine silver, .723 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 11, Dav-376.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3021, featuring the Cecil Webster, Richard P. Ariagno and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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