Switzerland 1926-B 5 francs

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40806
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was part of lot 40806 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "SWITZERLAND. 5 Francs, 1925-B & 1926-B. PCGS MS-63 Secure Holder & MS-64 Secure Holder. 2 pieces in lot. Both nicely toned." This William Tell type superseded a Helvetia head type struck 1888-1916. This date is common. Confederation coinage commenced in 1850; prior to that, each canton struck its own coinage. In 1931, the five francs was reduced to 15 grams, .835 fine, and struck in that form until 1969.

Recorded mintage: 2,000,000.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 38, Dav-394.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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