Switzerland 1928-B 5 francs

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Sincona sale 18, lot 3764
This specimen was lot 3764 in Sincona sale 18 (Zurich, May 2014), where it sold for CHF 15,500 (about US$20,423 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"5 Franken 1928. Sehr selten. FDC. (Switzerland, five francs of 1928, very rare, uncirculated.)"
This William Tell type superseded a Helvetia head type struck 1888-1916. This date is rare. 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: 24,000 plus specimens.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, .723 troy oz ASW, reeded edge, this specimen 25.04 g.

Catalog reference: Divo 380, HMZ 2-1199g. KM 38, Dav-394.

Source:

  • 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, & Banknotes: Auction 18, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2014.

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