Switzerland 1896-B 5 rappen

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Sincona sale 5, lot 64
This specimen was lot 64 in Sincona sale 5 (Zurich, May 2012), where it sold for 14,000 CHF (about US$17,227 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"SCHWEIZ Eidgenossenschaft 5 Rappen 1896. Av. Frauenkopf mit Diadem nach rechts. Unten die Jahreszahl. Rv. Wertzahl in einem Rebkranz mit Weintrauben. Von grosser Seltenheit. Nur 16 Exemplare geprägt. Kleiner Kratzer bei der Wertzahl, sonst FDC. (Switzerland, five rappen of 1896. Obverse: woman's head with diadem to right, date below: reverse: denomination in wreath with bow. Of the highest rarity, a slight bump near the date, otherwise uncirculated.)"
The SCWC records the 1896 as a rare date for the one, two and five rappen. The type was struck 1879-1980 without change.

Recorded mintage: 16.

Specification: copper nickel; this specimen is 2 g.

Catalog reference: Divo 155, HMZ 2-1212q, KM 26.

Source:

  • 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 Münzen der Schweiz und Liechtensteins 15//16. Jahrhundert bis Gegenwart, Regenstauf, Germany: H. Gietl Verlag GmbH, 2006.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 6, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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