Switzerland 1883 5 francs Dav-390

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Sincona sale 18, lot 3864
This specimen was lot 3864 in Sincona sale 18 (Zurich, May 2014), where it sold for CHF 120 (about US$158 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"5 Franken 1883. Lugano. Eidgenössisches Schützenfest. Fast FDC. (Switzerland, five francs of 1883, for the shooting festival at Lugano, choice uncirculated.)"
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, this specimen 24.96 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-390; Richter 1373a, HMZ 2-1343n. KM-XS16.

Source:

  • 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.
  • Richter, Juerg, and Ruedi Kunzmann, Neuer HMZ-Katalog, Band 2: Die Münzen der Schweiz und Liechtensteins 15//16. Jahrhundert bis Gegenwart, Regenstauf, Germany: H. Gietl Verlag GmbH, 2006.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, & Banknotes: Auction 18, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2014.

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