Switzerland 2010 Aarau Shooting Thaler 50 Francs Silver Proof For Sale
This rare and truly beautiful
silver proof follows in a long line of Swiss Shooting Thalers with a
classical, allegorical design!
In Stock and Ready for Immediate Shipment!
SOLD OUT at the Mint!
Coins is absolutely thrilled to be able to bring you this beautiful,
finish ShootingThaler. This year's Shooting Festival is held
in the City of Aarau, in the Canton of Aargau (for which Aarau is the
cantonal capital). We've managed to secure a few of the 50 Francs from
total mintage of only 2,000! These hard to find Shooting
Talers; so-called from the days when that was their face value) have
been issued since the mid-1800s in tiny numbers, and are very
collectible, to say nothing of extremely attractive!
Swiss marksmanship is legendary, dating to the hero William Tell (who
shot an apple off his son's head). This tradition of superior
marksmanship was established during the Old Swiss Confederacy, in the
15th century, when Shooting Festival participants showed off their aim
using the crossbow. Of course, Shooting Festivals are meant to be fun,
but they have a practical side, too - they keep the citizen soldiery
drilled and sharp! This has always been of particular importance in a
country like Switzerland, with a relatively small population and
surrounded on all sides by potential enemies.
Calling shooting is the national sport of Switzerland would be an
understatement, to say the least! Today, the Swiss Shooting Association
boasts 85,000 active, dues paying members! That amounts to over 1% of
the total population! At a Swiss Federal Shooting Festival (a major
event, held every five years), over 50,000 marksmen will convene for
four weeks to demonstrate their shooting skills.
A Beautiful, Allegorical
Here's an exquisitely beautiful, classical vignette certain to please
the most traditional and refined tastes in design, engraving and
aesthetics. The standing lady in question is an allegorical figure. She
may be interpreted as the Canton of Aargau, as the cantonal coat of
arms graces here shield. Likewise, she could also be interpreted as
Helvetia; her classical Roman-style toga garb is consistent with many
representations of Helvetia, including the spear-armed lass on much of
Swiss circulating coinage. (Helvetia is
the allegorical female personification of the Swiss Republic.)
Although she is not winged, "Victory" is also suggested both by the
laurel wreath she sports on her brows as well as the one she offers, in
her outstretched right hand, to the winner of the Shooting Festival.
The oak sprig or branch in her left hand represents strength, while the
lion crouched at her feet symbolizes both power and the Swiss
willingness to defend their homeland. The entire scene is executed in a
blast-white, cameo proof finish that represents the culmination of the
On the reverse, the traditional wreath of oak leaves (on the left) and
laurel (on the right) surround the denomination of 50 Francs. Beneath
the wreath, a marksman's powder horn and bandolier hang from a pair of
crossed rifles or muskets. The legend indicates (in both French and
German, two of the four official languages of Switzerland) that the
coin is redeemable during the shooting festival (not that you'd want
Each coin is encapsulated and includes an official certificate of
authenticity. The coins were not issued in a box.
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