Switzerland 1995 50 francs

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Sincona sale 51, lot 4453
This specimen was lot 4453 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it sold for 60 CHF (about US$72 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"50 Franken 1995. Thun. Eidgenössisches Schützenfest. Polierte Platte. FDC. (Swiss confederation, fifty francs of 1995, Thun shooting festival. Choice Proof.)"
This NCLT was issued for the Bern shooting festival. Shooting festival medals/coins are a Swiss tradition going back before confederation in 1848. The early ones (before World War One) were struck to the standard of a silver five francs and circulated as such even tho they bore no denomination. Later ones are strictly collector items with no face value and should be classed as medals, not coins. They are not listed in the regular SCWC. This one is accompanied by a gold 500 francs (Fr-514d).

Recorded mintage: 5,000.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver; this specimen 25.00 g.

Catalog reference: Häberling 49a, KM XS46.

Source:

  • Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Unusual World Coins, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.
  • 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]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 51: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018.

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