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Switzerland 2016 Shooting Thaler - Ticino Shooting Festival Tessin - Seated 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 Festival Thalers or Talers) 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!

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 Ticino (known in German as Tessin), deep in the Swiss Alps the southernmost of all the cantons. 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!

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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! 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!

Switzerland 1850-A Seated Helvetia 1 Franc Silver BUShooting 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 Ticino (Tessin); the shield that rests on the mountain by her left side bears the cantonal arms. Further evidence can be seen atop the shield - an Alpine or Tyrolean hat, as worn by the men in the mountainous south of Switzerland. Likewise, our lady could also be interpreted as Helvetia; her classical Roman-style 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.) 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!

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. She rests on the top of a Swiss mountain peak, with the rays of the sun illuminating the scene from behind her. The entire vignette is executed in a blast-white, cameo proof finish, with black, deeply mirrored fields, that represents the culmination of the minter's art.

The obverse legend reads TIRO CANTONALE TICINESE, Italian for "Ticino Cantonal Shoot(ing Festival).

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

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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.
Country Switzerland
Year of Issue 2016
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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