Switzerland 1885 5 francs Dav-391

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Goldberg sale 75, lot 4549
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This specimen was lot 4549 in Goldberg sale 75 (Los Angeles, September 2013), where it sold for $506. The catalog description[1] noted, "Switzerland. 5 Francs, 1885. For the Federal Shooting Festival at Bern. Toned. NGC graded MS-65." This is the fourteenth 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: 25,000.

Specification: 25 g, .835 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-391; KM-XS17.


  • 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.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Jason Villareal and Steven Harvey, Goldberg Sale 75: the pre-Long Beach Sale, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.

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