Switzerland 1881 5 francs Dav-389
This specimen was lot 4548 in Goldberg sale 75 (Los Angeles, September 2013), where it sold for $437. The catalog description noted, "Switzerland. 5 Francs, 1881. For the Federal Shooting Festival at Fribourg. NGC graded MS-65." This is the thirteenth 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: 30,000.
Specification: 25 g, .835 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Dav-389; KM-XS15.
- 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.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Jason Villareal and Steven Harvey, Goldberg Sale 75: the pre-Long Beach Sale, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.