101136 | SWITZERLAND. Bronze Schützenmedaille (Shooting Medal).

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    101136 | SWITZERLAND. Bronze Schützenmedaille (Shooting Medal). Issued 1887. Commemorating the Federal Shooting Festival in Geneva (Genève), from 24 July–4 August (45mm, 58.66 g, 12h). By H. Bovy, C. Richard, & E. Lossier in Geneva.

     

    TOUT POUR LA PATRIE, soldier advancing left, holding rifle; shield, wheel, cannon, cannon balls, and cityscape in background / UN POUR TOUS | TOUS POUR UN / TIR FÉDÉRAL A GENÈVE 1887, Swiss shield over coat-of-arms of Geneva. Edge: A few minor marks as made, otherwise plain.

     

    Richter 628d. Gem Mint State. Deep chocolate brown surfaces, with a brilliant, glossy nature. Rare this attractive and problem free, and surprisingly, a much smaller mintage than the silver issue.

     

    The shooting festivals, in this sense, at the federal level, are considered one of the most important events in Swiss life, having played a historic role in the establishment of the Swiss state and serving as a vital connection to the nation's past. The first federal shooting festival was held in Aarau in 1824, and were then held every few years, with numerous cities rotating as host. Since 1985, these festivals have been held at a fixed point every five years, the next being this year in Luzern, though the current COVID-19 pandemic may well result in its cancelation.

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