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Switzerland 1988 Shooting Thaler - Aargau Shooting Festival in Brugg - Swiss Miss Vreneli Helvetia or Victory 50 Swiss Francs Taler Silver Proof with Edge Lettering

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This truly rare (mintage only 3,000) 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 bust portrait of a noble Swiss Miss beauty (Victory or Helvetia) wearing 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 city of Brugg, in the Canton of Aargau, in the north central region of Switzerland. We've managed to secure a few of the 50 Francs from a total mintage of just 3,000! 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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Investment Note - 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 you need for your collection (much less one with a design this fetching), grab it while you have the chance.

The obverse of many Swiss Gold coins features the famous Vreneli or Swiss Miss portrait on the obverse.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 World-Famous Design
The Switzerland 1947-B 20 Francs Gold Coin, featuring the Vreneli or Swiss Miss portrait on the obverse.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 extremely reminiscent of the famous Swiss Miss, or Vreneli, here framed in two circles and surrounded by a legend.

This beautiful silver proof is intricately engraved in the finest tradition of medallic art! The relief of the portrait of the Swiss Miss gracefully floats above the surrounding mirrored field. The beauty of this traditional portrait is further heightened by the simplicity of the composition and the blast white, cameo effect of the devices. The legend EINLOSBAR AM SCHÜTZENFEST indicates (in German) that the coin is redeemable during the shooting festival (not that you'd want to!).

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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. Just before the turn of the 20th Century, the Swiss decided a new design was needed for their gold coinage, to replace the classically styled Helvetia used to that point. The sculptor Fritz Landry presented a design of a youthful lass in traditional costume and hairstyle, a naturalistic representation of Switzerland (or Helvetia, as the female personification of Switzerland is known). Landry's sensitive treatment features a young girl, her blonde hair worn in braided plaits, with a garland of the mountain flower edelweiss hung around her neck. On the gold coins, her portrait is superimposed on the mountainous landscape of her homeland.

Colloquially, she is known throughout the world as the "Swiss Miss", though the Swiss themselves refer to their iconic young lady informally as "Vreneli", a term originally used a range of legal tender Swiss gold coins. Coins with the Swiss Miss on the obverse were issued between 1897 and 1936, in 1947, and in 1949.

On the reverse we find another meticulously engraved scene, that of the Old Town of Brugg. The bridge ("Brugg" in Swiss German, giving the town its name) spans the Aare river (which gives the province Aargau its name). Next to the bridge is the oldest structure in the old city, the Black Tower, the town's most famous landmark, which dates to the 12th century. The Swiss cross, as found on the flag of Switzerland and numerous Shooting Festival medals and thalers, appears in the sky over Brugg. Surrounding this scene, the legend AARGAUISCHES KANTONALSCHÜTZENFEST BRUGG translates as "Aargau Cantonal Shooting Festival (in) Brugg". The date of of issue and a pair of crossed rifles or muskets also appear.

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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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SpecificationsThe rare Switzerland 1925-B 100 Francs Gold Coin, featuring the Vreneli or Swiss Miss portrait on the obverse.
Country Switzerland
Year of Issue 1988
Face Value 50 Francs
Weight 25.00 g
Diameter 37.00 mm
Mintage Limit          3,000
Finish Proof
Composition .900 Fine Silver
Edge Plain with Edge Lettering
Certificate Included
Packaging Encapsulated

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