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Switzerland 2010 Shooting Thaler - Aarau National Shooting Festival in Canton Aargau - Standing Helvetia and Lion 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 with a classical, allegorical design!

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 City of Aarau, in the Canton of Aargau (for which Aarau is the cantonal capital). We've managed to secure a few of the 50 Francs from a total mintage of only 2,000! 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, 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 standing lady in question is an allegorical figure. She may be interpreted as the Canton of Aargau, as the cantonal coat of arms graces here shield. 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 both by the laurel wreath she sports on her brows as well as the one she offers, in her outstretched right hand, to the winner of the Shooting Festival. The oak sprig or branch in her left hand represents strength, while the lion crouched at her feet symbolizes both power and the Swiss willingness to defend their homeland. The entire scene is executed in a blast-white, cameo proof finish that represents the culmination of the minter's art.

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.
 
Specifications
Country Switzerland
Year of Issue 2010
   
Face Value 50 Francs
Weight 25.00 g
Diameter 37.00 mm
Mintage Limit    2,000
   
Finish Proof
Composition .900 Fine Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Certificate Included
Packaging Encapsulated

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