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Switzerland 2015 Shooting Thaler - Wallis Federal Shooting Festival Valais - Seated Nude Helvetia or Victory 50 Swiss Francs Taler Silver Proof - MINTAGE 1,200

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This truly rare (mintage only 1,200) and beautiful silver proof from Switzerland (part of the long running and traditional series of Swiss Shooting Thalers or Talers) offers a classical, allegorical design depicting a seated, half nude beauty (Victory or Helvetia) awarding the victor a crown or wreath of laurel!

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 Wallis (known in French as Valais), home of the world famous Matterhorn. We've managed to secure a few of the 50 Francs from a total mintage of only 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!

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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! 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!

Helvetia, the female personification of Switzerland (or the Helvetic Confederation), armed with spear and shield, as she appears on an early Swiss bank note.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, Allegorical Design
Here's an exquisitely beautiful, classical vignette certain to please the most traditional and refined tastes in design, engraving and aesthetics. The seated lady in question is an allegorical figure. She may be interpreted as the Canton of Wallis (Valais). 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.)

Helvetia, the female personification of Switzerland (or the Helvetic Confederation), armed with spear and shield, as she appears on a 100 Francs early Swiss bank note.Although she is not winged, "Victory" is also suggested by the laurel wreath she offers, in her outstretched right hand, to crown the winner of the Shooting Festival. The topless beauty likewise holds a sprig of laurel in her left hand. The entire scene is executed in a blast-white, cameo proof finish that represents the culmination of the minter's art.

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. The thirteen incuse stars (located around the rim near the edge between 3:00 and 6:00) are taken directly from the cantonal flag and shield of Wallis, and represent the thirteen districts of the canton. The mountainous terrain of the canton can be seen in the background.

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

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Specifications
Country Switzerland
Year of Issue 2015
   
Face Value 50 Francs
Weight 25.00 g
Diameter 37.00 mm
Mintage Limit          1,200
   
Finish Proof
Composition .900 Fine Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Certificate Included
Packaging Encapsulated

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