Switzerland 1876 5 francs Dav-387
This specimen was lot 4547 in Goldberg sale 75 (Los Angeles, September 2013), where it sold for $1,438. The catalog description noted, "Switzerland. 5 Francs, 1876. For the Federal Shooting Festival at Lausanne in Vaud. NGC graded MS-66." This is the eleventh 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: 20,000.
Specification: 25 g, .800 fine silver, .723 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Dav-387; KM-S13.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Jason Villareal and Steven Harvey, Goldberg Sale 75: the pre-Long Beach Sale, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.