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1931B tp.1 6 5 Silver Swiss Francs (William Tell)

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1931B tp.1 6 5 Silver Swiss Francs (William Tell)
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1931B tp.1 6 5 Silver Swiss Francs (William Tell)
ITEM NOTES
GENERAL
Type:  5 Silver Swiss Francs (William Tell) 
Origin:  Switzerland  Cat. Num.:  KM# 40 
Era / Ruler:  Swiss Confederation  Face Value:  5 Francs 
Issued from:  1931  Issued until:  1969 
Alignment:  Coin C   Desgr. / Engr.:   
Obverse:  William Tell right 
Reverse:  Shield flanked by springs  
Edge:  Relief lettering 
ISSUE
Year: 1931B tp.1 6
Mint: Bern
Mintage: 3,520,000 (incl.previous)
Scarcity:
30/100
 
Valuation:
40/100
 
Notes: Edge lettering type I starts at 6 o'clock
Grades & Prices available: ?
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SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8350
Weight(g): 15.0000g
Weight(Oz): 0.48 Oz
Net Content: 0.40 Oz (12.53g)
Bullion Value: $6.56
Diameter: 31.50mm
Thickness:
DESCRIPTION

In 1850, coins were introduced in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, and 20 rappen and ½, 1, 2, and 5 francs, with the 1 and 2 rappen struck in bronze, the 5, 10, and 20 rappen in billon, and the franc denominations in .900 fine silver. Between 1860 and 1863, .800 fine silver was used, before the standard used in France of .835 fineness was adopted for all silver coins except the 5 francs (which remained .900 fineness). In 1879, billon was replaced by cupro-nickel in the 5 and 10 rappen and by nickel in the 20 rappen.

Both world wars only had a small effect on the Swiss coinage, with brass and zinc coins temporarily being issued. In 1931, the size of the 5 franc coin was reduced from 25 grams to 15, with the silver content reduced to .835 fineness. The next year, nickel replaced cupro-nickel in the 5 and 10 rappen.

In the late 1960s, due to their linkage to the devaluing U.S. dollar, the prices of internationally traded commodities rose significantly. A silver coin's material value exceeded its monetary value, and many were being sent abroad for melting, which prompted the federal government to make this practice illegal. The statute was of little effect, and the melting of francs only subsided when the collectible value of the remaining francs again exceeded their material value.

PRICE RANGE ?
Year Mintage G F VF EF AU UNC BU PROOF
1931B tp.1 6 3,520,000 $7.00 $12.00 $30 $50 $85 $160
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