Brand New, Truly Rare 2017 Gold & Silver Thalers!
If you admire beauty, art, allegorical figures, or classic coin designs, then the new Swiss Shooting Festival Thalers for 2017 - both silver and gold are for you! We've never made a secret of our love of traditional design (nor of affordable, low-mintage gems). As such, the Shooting Taler Series of Switzerland extends the finest European tradition of medallic art and aesthetics! The inscrutably low mintage limits on these gorgeous coins are an added bonus, guaranteeing their value increases, as well!!
Swiss Shooting Festivals
Calling shooting 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.
In addition to the traditional 2017 Shooting Thalers, investment-minded collectors are in for a treat - a handful of unique, high-grade classic Swiss and German rarities dating back to 1726, including an 1811 Prince Karl I of Isenberg Taler with a mintage of only 100! These classics are as beautiful as they are scarce, and we have only one of each, so they are first-come, first-served. If one or more catches your eye (and surely they will), grab them quickly!
Select Back Dates Available
Although growing increasingly difficult to locate, our buyers continue to scour the world for additional back dates of these beautiful Shooting Talers. We are proud to offer a fine selection in silver and gold, going back more than two decades!
We encourage quick action to avoid disappointment; for most dates only a very few are available (offered on a first-come, first-served basis).
Switzerland 2017 Shooting Festival Thalers
New 2017 Shooting Festival Proofs - In Gold and Silver!
TRULY RARE Silver Shooting Thaler!
This truly rare (mintage only 1,200!) and beautiful silver proof follows in a long line of Swiss Shooting Festival Thalers. This year offers a classical, allegorical design depicting a standing beauty (Victory or Helvetia) holding a sword and awarding a crown or wreath of laurel to the top marksman!
This year's Shooting Festival is held in the capital city of the Swiss Canton of Glarus, also called Glarus, deep in the Swiss Alps of east central Switzerland. We've managed to secure a few of the 50 Francs from a total mintage of just 1,200! These hard to find Shooting Thalers (or 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!
Investment Note - The mintage limit for 2017 is only 1,200 silver shooting talers - much lower than in previous years, making this beauty truly rare! These sold out at the mint on pre-release, and so are certain to be sought after for years to come as a key to the entire Shooting Thaler series! Get in on the ground floor and get them now!
Retail Price $149.95 - Special SALE Price Only $99.95 Each!
(Quantity discounts may be available - see web site listing)
TRULY RARE Gold Proof Thaler!
We've managed to secure a few of these 500 Francs, pure gold rarities from a total mintage of only 220 (yes, you read that right, only two hundred twenty)! The grand tradition of European medallic design and allegorical themes continues into the present day. This lovely rarity is encapsulated and comes with an official certificate of authenticity in its presentation box of issue. Be one of the lucky few in the entire world to own this golden gem today!
The design's standing woman is an allegorical figure. She may in fact represent more than one thing. She may be interpreted as the Canton of Glarus, not the least because of the shield next to her sword. Seemingly hidden and easy to miss, the coat of arms on this shield contains a valuable clue. The tiny, haloed figure on the shield (better get out your loupe - the detail in the engraving is a true wonder to behold!) is Saint Fridolin of Säckingen, the founder and patron saint of Glarus. For more on this intriguing wanderer who raised the dead, please click on the coin image above to read the full story on our website!
Likewise, the robed lady 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. This Helvetia substitutes her traditional spear for a long sword in her right hand; like the Swiss citizen soldiery, she is armed and ready for action at a moment's notice. Her long, flowing golden tresses, hair bouncing gently in the light Alpine breeze, are in contrast to the braided hair worn by the famous Swiss Miss or Vreneli.
Investment Note - The mintage limit is only 220 gold talers - much lower than in previous years, making this beauty truly rare! These sold out at the Mint on pre-release, and so are certain to be sought after for years to come as a key to the entire Shooting Thaler series! Get in on the ground floor and get one now!
Switzerland Gold Shooting Thalers
Incredibly Rare Gold Proof Shooting Thalers!
Rare 2007 Shooting Thaler - William Tell w/Crossbow!
This truly rare (mintage only 200!) and beautiful gold proof from Switzerland offers a classical, historical design!
Here's a handsomely engraved, full body portrait of the archer and marksman William Tell, the legendary Swiss archer. The vignette depicts him crouched on the ground, at the pivotal moment of his life. Leaning on his crossbow, he points to his son, Walter, from whose head he must shoot an apple or die. One can imagine the most obvious instruction he gives his son - Don't move! It is interesting to note that a similar, bust portrait of William Tell appears on the Swiss 5 Francs coin to this day.
Rare 2014 Shooting Thaler - Munot Medieval Castle!
This truly rare (mintage only 180!) and truly beautiful gold proof from Switzerland offers an historical design depicting a marksman and European Rhine Valley castle!
Munot Castle is a circular fortification in the center of the old town in the Swiss city of Schaffhausen. The old portion of the city has many fine Renaissance era buildings decorated with exterior frescos and sculpture, as well as the impressive old cantonal fortress, the Munot.
Rare 2015 Shooting Thaler - Seated Nude Helvetia!
This truly rare (mintage only 200!) and beautiful gold proof from Switzerland offers a classical, allegorical design depicting a seated, half nude beauty (Victory or Helvetia) awarding the victor a crown or wreath of laurel!
Here's an exquisitely beautiful, classical vignette certain to please the most traditional and refined tastes in design, engraving and aesthetics. So detailed is the engraving that one can see the bullet holes in the paper target that the marksman holds in his right hand! His left hand holds on to the barrel of his rifle near the muzzle.
Retail Price $2,499.95 - Special SALE Price Only $1,999.95!
Switzerland Coins & Medals - Graded by PCGS & NGC
Classic Swiss & German Rarities: Graded Silver Coins
All of the below are certified by either NGC; each is unique, we have only one. Please click through to our website for larger images and full descriptions of these graded, one-of-a-kind coins. These rarities are first-come, first-served!
Switzerland 1850-A Seated Helvetia
1 Franc Silver BU PCGS MS-65
Retail Price $1,699.95
SALE Price Only $1,299.95!
Germany 1726-EPH Wildman Taler
Silver NGC MS-62 Crown
Mint State rarely encountered!
Retail Price $1,999.95
SALE Price Only $1,499.95!
Germany 1811 Prince Karl I of Isenburg
Taler Silver NGC VF-35 Crown - MINTAGE 100!
Retail Price $2,999.95
SALE Price Only $1,999.95!
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Switzerland Shooting Thalers - Back Dates
Recently Acquired Shooting Thaler Back Issues!
Back dates of Swiss Shooting Festival Thalers are very, very difficult to come by; they are almost never offered. Our suggestion? When you find one (or more) you need for your collection, grab them while you have the chance!
Rare 1988 Shooting Thaler - Swiss Miss Beauty!
We have located a very small number of these truly rare 50 Francs classic silver proofs from the Brugg festival!
The design is a classical and lifelike profile portrait of a young Swiss lass, serenely gazing to her right (our left). She may be the personification of the Swiss Republic, Helvetia. She may also represent Victory, as indicated by the laurel wreath crowning her long, flowing hair. In either case, the portrait is reminiscent of the famous Swiss Miss, or Vreneli, here framed in two circles and surrounded by a legend.
Rare 1990 Shooting Thaler - Warrior Women!
We bring you a small number of these 50 Francs classic, highly collectible silver proofs! The 1990 Winterthur Shooting Thaler Design (struck in medallic style high relief) depicts two allegorical warrior women, and is considered one of the most beautiful in the entire series!
Two beautiful, statuesque women stand shoulder-to-shoulder and side by side as they regard each other fondly. The woman on the left represents the city of Winterthur; close inspection of her crown reveals that it is in the form of a fortified and walled medieval city.
The woman on the right is Helvetia, the female personification of the Swiss nation, as indicated by the square Swiss cross on both her breast and her shield. Her tresses are up (as are Winterthur's), as if in preparation for action, and her right arm embraces Winterthur around her shoulders protectively. Her costume completes the scene with a billowing cape.
What's the connection between Switzerland and the California gold rush of 1849, you ask? Well, in 1834, an adventurous Old World youth, recently having served in the Swiss military, traveled to New York to seek his fortune. This young man was Johann August Sutter. By 1839 he had established Sutter's Fort in California. Nine years later, in 1848, gold was first discovered at Sutter's Mill, and the rest, as they say, is history!
With a total of only 1,500 minted, we have found only a very small number of these, so be sure to get this historical Shooting Thaler now, before they're all gone!
2004 Shooting Festival Silver Proof
The Shooting Festival in 2004 was held in the Swiss Canton of Fribourg (for which Fribourg the city is the cantonal capital). We've managed to secure a few of the silver 50 Francs from a total mintage of only 1,500! The perspective in this coin is amazing, in part due to the artistic excellence of the sculptor / engraver, and in part due to the use of high relief, which allows for more depth of design. Even the traditional motif around the rim is significantly raised above the field!
Retail Price $399.95 - SALE Price Only $249.95 Each!
2005 Shooting Festival Silver Proof
The Shooting Festival in 2005 was held in the City of Brusio, in the Canton of Graubünden. Prestigiously, it was a national shooting festival (held only once every five years). In the foreground, a beautiful Swiss ingénue in a sheer, flowing dress gestures to the Bernina Railway Spiral Loop (more about this landmark on our web site)
Read more about this design at our website, and be sure to get one of these few available beauties while they last!
2007 Shooting Thaler Silver Proof
Here's a handsomely engraved, full body portrait of the soldier and marksman William Tell, the legendary Swiss archer. The vignette depicts him crouched on the ground, at the pivotal moment of his life. Leaning on his crossbow, he points to his son, Walter, from whose head he must shoot an apple or die. One can imagine the most obvious instruction he gives his son - "Whatever you do, boy, don't move!" It is interesting to note that a similar, bust portrait of William Tell appears on the Swiss 5 Francs coin to this day.
Retail Price $299.95 - SALE Price Only $199.95 Each!
2008 Shooting Festival Silver Proof
We have to admit, we have a thing for women with weapons! Be they girls with guns, dames with daggers or sisters with swords, we've been carrying that flame since we can remember - female empowerment indeed!
This distinctive coin depicts the beautiful figure of a female Swiss archer, caught in the act of releasing an arrow from her bow. She wears a traditional, yet diaphanous and windswept, costume. Of course, this lady may also be interpreted as a barefoot version of Helvetia.
2009 Shooting Thaler Silver Proof
The 2009 Shooting Festival was held in Obwalden. This striking coin from the festival depicts the beautiful figure of the half-nude Helvetia instructing a Swiss archer in his marksmanship. She holds a laurel sprig or branch in her right hand while pointing with her left. Her right arm rests on her traditional shield, this year emblazoned with the arms of Obwalden, site of the annual Cantonal Shooting Festival, as indicated by the legend in German.
2010 Shooting Thaler Silver Proof
This beautiful, classically inspired design is sure to please the most traditional and refined tastes in coin design, engraving, and aesthetics. The vignette features a standing lady, possibly 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. The design is executed in a blast-white, cameo proof finish.
2011 Silver Shooting Festival Proof!
Here's an exquisite, traditional motif certain to please the most refined tastes in design, engraving and aesthetics (to say nothing of train collectors and railroad enthusiasts!). So detailed is the engraving that under a loupe, each individual stone in the railroad bridge can be discerned! The perspective in this coin is amazing, due to the artistic excellence of the sculptor / engraver. We've managed to secure a few of the silver 50 Francs from a total mintage of only 1,500!
Retail Price $299.95 - SALE Price Only $199.95 Each!
2012 Silver Shooting Festival Proof!
Here's an exquisite, traditional motif certain to please the most traditional and refined tastes in design, engraving and aesthetics (to say nothing of marksmen, sharpshooters and fans of female pulchritude). A half nude Helvetia graces the obverse, while the reverse carries the traditional design with crossed muskets, bandoleer, powder horn and denomination framed by a laurel wreath.
Truly Rare 2013 Silver Shooting Thaler - with Lion!
Featuring a classical vignette - the standing lady is an allegorical figure. She may be interpreted as the Canton of Luzern, where the 2013 Shooting Festival was held. 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.
Investment Note - The mintage limit for 2013 is only 1,000 silver shooting talers - much lower than in previous years, making this beauty truly rare!
Retail Price $399.95 - SALE Price Only $249.95 Each!
Truly Rare 2014 Silver Shooting Thaler!
Featuring an historical design depicting a marksman and the Rhine Valley fortress at Schaffhausen! In a remarkable use of perspective, the Swiss sharpshooter in the foreground shoulders his beloved rifle and looks into the distance. The marksman raises his traditional Bavarian Alpine Tracht hat (complete with feather) in his left hand and signals his compatriot in the tower of the Munot Castle; clearly, both are members of the Schaffhausen Town Guard!
Investment Note - The mintage limit for 2014 is only 1,200 silver shooting talers - much lower than in previous years, making this beauty truly rare!
Truly Rare 2015 Silver Shooting Festival Proof!
This truly rare (mintage only 1,200!) and truly beautiful silver proof offers a classical, allegorical design depicting a seated, half nude beauty (Victory or Helvetia) awarding the victor a crown or wreath of laurel! The entire scene is executed in a blast-white, cameo proof finish that represents the culmination of the minter's art.
Investment Note - The mintage limit for 2015 is only 1,200 silver shooting talers - much lower than in previous years, making this beauty truly rare!
Truly Rare 2016 Silver Shooting Thaler!
This year's design offers a classical, allegorical design depicting a serene, seated beauty (Victory or Helvetia) awarding a crown or wreath of laurel from atop a Swiss mountain peak! This year's design appears to be a variation on the Seated Helvetia design introduce in 1850 for the Swiss silver 1/2 Franc, 1 Franc, 2 Francs and 5 Francs coins of the second half of the nineteenth century - a harmonious and classic design by any standards!
Investment Note - The mintage limit for 2016 is only 1,200 silver shooting talers - much lower than in previous years, making this beauty truly rare!
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