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Switzerland 1990 Shooting Thaler - Winterthur Federal Shooting Festival - Warrior Women Helvetia with Sword and Shield 50 Swiss Francs Taler High Relief Silver Proof with Edge Lettering

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This rare (mintage only 5,000) and truly beautiful silver proof from Switzerland (part of the long running and traditional series of Swiss Shooting Thalers), struck in high relief, offers an historical design depicting two allegorical beauties or warrior women!

Sold out at the Mint!Talisman Coins is absolutely thrilled to be able to bring you this beautiful, proof finish Shooting Thaler. The 1990 Shooting Festival was held in the Swiss City of Winterthur, in the Canton of Zürich. This shooting festival was the national or Federal Shooting Festival, held only once every several years. We've managed to secure a few of the 50 Francs from a total mintage of just 5,000! 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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Helvetia_Switzerland_Armed_with_Sword_and_ShieldThe 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! The frosted cameo, high relief devices, balanced design and edge lettering give this stunning, pure silver proof a truly Old Europe, medallic quality.

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Investment Note - A special purchase made on a recent European buying trip allows us to offer this tremendously beautiful and hard-to-find design at a surprisingly affordable price. However, quantities are extremely limited, so this deal can not last forever!

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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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The Ancient and Historic City of Winterthur
View_of_the_Swiss_City_of_WinterthurDuring the Roman era, from 70 AD to around 400 AD, there was a Roman settlement in what would become Oberwinterthur. This settlement, known as Vitudurum, was initially a vicus that later included a fort. The first buildings in what would become the old, walled city of Winterthur date to around 600 AD to 700 AD. Around 1000, the town became the capital of the counts of Kyburg. They built walls, a moat and towers around the town, creating a traditional, medieval fortified and walled city. In 1264 the Habsburg family inherited Winterthur when the last male of the counts of Kyburg died. In the same year Winterthur gained city rights from the new owners. From 1415 until 1442 Winterthur became reichsfrei or subject only to the Holy Roman Emperor. However, in the Old Zürich War they lost this freedom and came back under the control of the Austrian Habsburgs. Needing money, the Habsburgs sold Winterthur to the city of Zürich in 1467.

Winterthur is a city in the canton of Zürich in northern Switzerland. It has the country's sixth largest population, estimated at more than 100,000 people. In the local dialect and by its inhabitants, it is usually referred to as "Winti". Today Winterthur is a service and high-tech industry center, but many people enjoy of its proximity to Zürich, which lies approximately 19 miles (30 kilometers) to the southwest, only 18 minutes by train.

Winterthur is connected to Germany and Italy by direct trains and enjoys direct links to Zürich International Airport. It is also a regional transport hub: the A1 motorway from Geneva through to St. Margrethen connects in Winterthur with the A4 motorway heading north toward Schaffhausen and the A7 motorway heading close to the Swiss-German border at Kreuzlingen. There are also roads leading to other places such as Turbenthal. Winterthur Hauptbahnhof is one of the busiest railway train stations in Switzerland.

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Helvetia, the female personification of Switzerland (or the Helvetic Confederation), armed with spear and shield, as she appears on an early Swiss bank note.A Beautiful, Traditional European Design
Here's an exquisitely beautiful, classic vignette certain to please the most traditional and refined tastes in design, engraving and aesthetics. Two beautiful, statuesque women stand shoulder-to-shoulder and side by side as they regard each other fondly. Both allegorical warrior women are clothed in classical, medieval garb, and both are girt for defense. 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. She wears a metal cuirass or breastplate armor and holds a longsword in her right hand.

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. She, too, is armed with a longsword, the hilt of which is visible at her waist, coming from behind her. 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 is completed by a billowing cape.

On the reverse, the traditional wreath of laurel leaves surrounds a bullseye target. Beneath the target, a pair of crossed rifles or muskets demonstrates the specialty of marksmanship. The legend EINLOSBAR AM SCHUTZENFEST indicates in German (one 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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Edge Lettering
Each coin has edge lettering which gives the denomination and reads GUT FUR 50 FRANKEN AM SCHÜTZENFEST ("Good for 50 Franks at the Shooting Festival"). The start and end of the phrase are separated by a five-pointed star.

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Each coin is encapsulated and includes an official certificate of authenticity. The coins were not issued in a box.

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Country Switzerland
Year of Issue 1990
Face Value 50 Francs
Weight 25.00 g
Diameter 37.00 mm
Mintage Limit          5,000
Finish Proof
Composition .900 Fine Silver
Edge Plain with Edge Lettering
Certificate Included
Packaging Encapsulated

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