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Switzerland 2009 Shooting Thaler - Obwalden Shooting Festival - Seated Nude Helvetia & Archer 500 Swiss Francs Taler Pure Gold Proof NGC Proof 69 Ultra Cameo PF69 UC with Custom William Tell, Son and Cross Flag Label GX - MINTAGE 175

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This truly rare (mintage = 175!) and beautiful pure gold proof follows in a long line of Swiss Shooting Thalers with a classical, allegorical design of a seated, bare breasted beauty! Graded a nearly perfect Proof 69 Ultra Cameo PF69 UC by NGC, with a custom label!

This listing is for the 2009 Gold Shooting Taler Proof slabbed and graded PF69 UC by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, with a custom label depicting Wiliam Tell and his son and the Swiss Cross flag!

An aerial view of the Bernina Railway Spiral Loop Bridge with a railroad locomotive and train, near Brusio, in the canton of Graubünden, Switzerland.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 Canton of Obwalden. We've managed to secure a few of these 500 Francs, pure gold rarities from a total mintage of only 175! (Yes, you read that right - one hundred seventy-five!) 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 Opportunity!Investment Note - The mintage limit for 2009 is only 175 gold shooting talers - tiny by any standard, 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! Don't miss out, get yours 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
This striking coin depicts a beautiful, half-nude woman instructing a Swiss archer in his marksmanship, with the mountainous Alpine terrain in the background. The seated lady in question is an allegorical figure. She may be interpreted as the Canton of Obwalden, as the cantonal coat of arms graces here shield. Likewise, she could also be interpreted as Helvetia; her classical Roman-style toga garb (or, at least, what she is wearing of them!) 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.Helvetia holds a laurel sprig or branch in her right hand while pointing with her left. Her right arm rests on her traditional shield, this year emblazoned with the arms of Obwalden, site of the annual Cantonal Shooting Festival, as indicated by the legend in German.

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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 500 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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The coin is encapsulated inside a Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) archival quality plastic holder (or slab) that is individually numbered with an unique, NGC serial number.

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SpecificationsA seated Helvetia, the allegorical or figural personification of the Swiss Republic, appears on the Switzerland 1881 25 Centimes postage stamp with her traditional shield and spear.
Country Switzerland
Year of Issue 2009
Face Value 500 Francs
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 33.00 mm
Mintage Limit    175
Finish Proof
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Gold
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)


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