Switzerland 1877-B franc
This specimen was lot 31605 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $705. The catalog description noted, "Confederation Franc 1877-B MS65 PCGS, Bern mint. A splendid example of this rare date in Gem preservation with a fully original, enchanting palette of multicolored toning on both sides that includes shades of blue, gold and olive. As the sole MS65 listed in the PCGS census, a coin that will certainly be avidly pursued. From the Redwood Collection, Part II." This is a better date but not rare. Prior to confederation in 1850, each Swiss canton issued its own coins.
Recorded mintage: 2,520,000 plus specimens.
Specification: 5 g, .835 fine silver, .134 troy oz ASW, 23.2 mm diameter, reeded edge.
Catalog reference: KM 24, HMZ-21204c.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- 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.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.