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Switzerland 2008 Shooting Thaler - Geneva Shooting Festival - Female Archer 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!

Sold out at the Mint!Talisman Coins is very proud to be able to bring you this beautiful, proof finish Shooting Thaler. This year's Shooting Festival was held in the Canton of Vaud, near Geneva, and we've managed to secure a few of the 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 female Swiss archer, in her traditional dress or costume.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
Forget about William Tell - even the women are marksmen (er, markswomen) in Switzerland, as this alluring vignette suggests! This striking coin depicts the beautiful figure of a female Swiss archer, caught in the act of releasing an arrow from her bow. She wears a traditional, yet diaphanous and windswept, costume. Of course, this figure may also be interpreted as a barefoot version of Helvetia (Helvetia is the allegorical female personification of the Swiss Republic). She stands on a hillock which overlooks the scenic countryside of the canton of Vaud, near Geneva, site of the annual Cantonal Shooting Festival, as indicated by the legend in French.

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 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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Specifications
Country Switzerland
Year of Issue 2008
   
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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