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102098 | SWITZERLAND. Bronze Schützenmedaille (Shooting Medal).

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    102098  |  SWITZERLAND. Bronze Schützenmedaille (Shooting Medal). Issued 1881. Commemorating the federal shooting festival in Fribourg (47mm, 51.72 g, 12h). By E. Durussel in Bern.


    UN POUR TOUS • TOUS POUR UN, Helvetia standing left, holding Swiss banner and resting hand upon cantonal shield; civilian and soldier cheering her on to left and right; rising sun in background / TIR FÉDÉRAL À FRIBOURG 1881, veduta of Fribourg; below, garnished Swiss shield over crossed rifles and banners; oak, floral, and laurel wreath around. Edge: Plain.


    Richter 407b (R). Choice Mint State. Deep glossy brown surfaces, with a good deal of brilliance in the fields; a minor mark in the reverse field prevents an even higher designation. Fairly scarce and impressive.


    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 was 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 having been slated for 2020 in Luzern, though that event was postponed until 2021 on account of the worldwide pandemic.


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