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Swiss Shooting Festival Commemoratives, Circulation Strikes (1842-1939): WJG Swiss Shooting Talers

WJG Swiss Shooting Talers

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Weighted GPA 64.617
Complete 95.45%
Set Rating 58.404
 
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About this set: Switzerland has high regard for guns. The private militia keep their weapons at home. Switzerland has one of the highest guns per capita ratio in the world. Greater than 5% of the population are part of the militia. Shooting festival competitions have been widely held in Switzerland since 1824. The most recent was in 2005 and the next one will be in 2010. Initially they were held by the cantons. Since the formation of the Swiss Confederation in 1848, they have been held by the Confederation in various cities. Coins (such as these in this series) and medals have been awarded to the marksmen. Usually about 50,000 marksmen attend the festivals. The festivals have been declared a factor of Swiss unity and direct democracy.

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WJG Swiss Shooting Talers
ImagePCGS No.ItemDenomGradePopPop HigherOwner's Comments
8871421842 Graubunden Chur (4 Francs)4 FrMS6621 
8871441847 Glarus (40 Batz)40 BatzMS6530 
8829941851 Geneva (10 Francs)10 FrMS6210I have trouble understanding why this coin is not given more weight in the series. It has by far the lowest mintage and lowest population of any coin in the series. Perhaps it's because it is not commonly recognized as part of the series. It is difficult to obtain. I have had two; one was clearly damaged. I had to pay a premium for this one.
8871461855 Solothurn5 FrMS6322I have had two of these coins, an MS62 and now an MS63. The MS62 had distinct raised hairlines, raised meaning the lines were on the die. Now the MS63 I have does not have the hairlines. This can only mean there was more than one die used to strike the coins, or the die developed hairlines through use & wear on the die.
8871481857 Bern5 FrMS6472 
8871501859 Zurich5 FrMS6532 
8871521861 Nidwalden5 FrMS6444 
8871541863 La Chaux5 FrMS6630 
8871561865 Schaffhau5 FrMS6575 
8871581867 Schwyz5 FrMS64139 
8871601869 Zug5 FrMS6442 
8871621872 Zurich5 FrMS6534 
8871641874 St. Gallen5 FrMS651815 
8871661876 Lausanne5 FrMS641312 
8871681879 Basel5 FrMS641510 
8871701881 Fribourg5 FrMS64105 
8871721883 Lugano5 FrMS6672 
8871741885 Bern5 FrMS651812 
8871761934 Fribourg5 FrMS662915 
8871781934 Fribourg (Gold 100 Francs)100 FrMS6730 
8871791939 Luzern5 FrMS66143 
8871801939 Luzern (Gold 100 Francs)100 Fr  
Comments
Yes, Craig, you are right. I have had a lot of difficulty finding the Vaud in Mint State. Only three in entire PCGS pop report. PCGS only added the Geneva coin at my suggestion. If / when I get a mint state Vaud, I will suggest they add it to the set. Perhaps I can reference your comment. You helped with this set, because I purchased the 1869 Zug from you. Thanks.
Posted @ 11/24/2012 6:56 AM By Roark
Outstanding set. Wish there were more pictures.
Posted @ 9/6/2012 7:37 AM By coinlieutenant
Great Set! If you include the 1851 Geneva 10Fr, you should also include the 1845 Vaud 1Fr for a "complete" set of denominated coins.
Posted @ 9/3/2012 5:53 AM By CRAIGKEPLINGER
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