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Switzerland 2011 Shooting Thaler - Uri Shooting Festival - Railroad Bridge, Train & Locomotive 50 Swiss Francs Taler Silver Proof

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This rare and truly beautiful silver proof follows in a long line of Swiss Shooting Thalers with a traditional railroad design!

Sold out at the Mint!Talisman Coins is absolutely thrilled to be able to bring you this beautiful, proof finish Shooting Thaler. This year's Shooting Festival is held in the Swiss Canton of Uri (for which Altdorf is the cantonal capital). We've managed to secure a few of the silver 50 Francs from a total mintage of only 1,500! 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!

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A bucolic scene from the Swiss Switzerland Canton of Uri, depicting a Swiss train running through a typical Swiss village, with the national and Cantonal flags flying in the foreground.Shooting Festivals
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.

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A Beautiful, Traditional Railroad Design
 Here's an exquisitely beautiful, traditional design certain to please the most traditional and refined tastes in design, engraving and aesthetics (to say nothing of train collectors and railroad enthusiasts!). So detailed and meticulous is the engraving that under a loupe, each individual stone and brick in the railroad bridge can be discerned! The perspective in this coin is amazing, due to the artistic excellence of the sculptor / engraver.

A bucolic scene from the Swiss Switzerland Canton of Uri, depicting a typical Roman Catholic village church seen through a stone Roman arch of a motorway.The bucolic obverse scene depicts a typical, town from the canton of Uri. A steam locomotive passes over a railroad bridge or trestle, composed of Roman arches and built of brick and stone. Behind the railroad is a Roman Catholic parish church of the exact architecture that one finds in each small town of the canton. beneath the railroad bridge a bus on the motorway can be seen to the lower right. The center features a garland of flora with two shields; the one on the left bears the instantly recognizable, Swiss national cross, while the one on the right features the coat of arms of the canton of Uri, a horned bull's head with a gold ring through its nose. The entire scene is executed in a blast-white, cameo proof finish that represents the culmination of the minter's art.

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 to!).

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A bucolic scene from the Swiss Switzerland Canton of Uri, depicting a typical Swiss train running through the Reuss River valley, with the Alps Mountains in the background and a mountain meadow in the foreground.The Canton of Uri
Uri is one of the 26 cantons of Switzerland, and a founding member of the Helvetic (Swiss) Confederation. It is located in Central Switzerland. The canton's territory covers the valley of the Reuss River between Lake Lucerne and the St. Gotthard Pass. German is the primary language spoken in Uri. The population is about 35,000 of which 3,046 (or 8.7%) are foreigners. The legendary William Tell is said to have hailed from Uri.

The historical landmark Rütli lies within the canton of Uri. Rutli (Grütli in French and Italian) is a mountain meadow on Lake Lucerne, in the Seelisberg municipality of the Swiss canton of Uri. Here the legendary oath of the Rütlischwur first occurred and is remembered as the turning-point in the pursuit of Swiss independence. Every August 1, on the Swiss National Day, the oath is re-enacted to commemorate the forming of the Old Swiss Confederacy.

It is thought that the name Uri derives from the old German word Aurochs, meaning wild ox. The region's traditional coat of arms bears a bull's head. The region resisted the Protestant Reformation and remained Roman Catholic. During the Helvetic Republic Uri was part of the canton of Waldstätten. After this, in 1803 as part of the Act of Mediation, Uri regained its independence. All attempts towards religious or constitutional reform were resisted. In 1815 Uri joined the League of Sarnen for this reason. Later on Uri was one of the members of the Sonderbund. The Sonderbund was a separatist Catholic league, but was defeated by the Swiss Confederation which led to the Swiss Federal Constitution. The population is primarily German-speaking and Roman Catholic: as of 2000 86% of the population is Roman Catholic while only 6% are Protestant.

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Each coin is encapsulated and includes an official certificate of authenticity. The coins were not issued in a box.
Country Switzerland
Year of Issue 2011
Face Value 50 Francs
Weight 25.00 g
Diameter 37.00 mm
Mintage Limit      1,500
Finish Proof
Composition .900 Fine Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Certificate Included
Packaging Encapsulated

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