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

WJG Swiss Shooting Talers

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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. It should be noted that PCGS does not recognize prooflikes in this coin series.

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WJG Swiss Shooting Talers
ImagePCGS No.ItemDenomGradePCGS No. PopPCGS No. Pop HigherTotal PopTotal Pop HigherOwner's Comments
8871421842 Graubunden Chur (4 Francs)4 FrMS663131Prooflike
8871441847 Glarus (40 Batz)40 BatzMS653030 
8829941851 Geneva (10 Francs)10 FrMS624242I 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 FrMS632323Prooflike - I 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 probably through polishing of the die.
8871481857 Bern5 FrMS64104104 
8871501859 Zurich5 FrMS656666 
8871521861 Nidwalden5 FrMS646565Prooflike
8871541863 La Chaux5 FrMS663030 
8871561865 Schaffhau5 FrMS659898 
8871581867 Schwyz5 FrMS6414111411 
8871601869 Zug5 FrMS645353 
8871621872 Zurich5 FrMS653434 
8871641874 St. Gallen5 FrMS66193193 
8871661876 Lausanne5 FrMS6419191919 
8871681879 Basel5 FrMS6416112313 
8871701881 Fribourg5 FrMS64139139Prooflike Cameo
8871721883 Lugano5 FrMS66105105 
8871741885 Bern5 FrMS6524142414 
8871761934 Fribourg5 FrMS6639213921Prooflike
8871781934 Fribourg (Gold 100 Francs)100 FrMS674040Prooflike Cameo in OGH holder
8871791939 Luzern5 FrMS66205205 
8871801939 Luzern (Gold 100 Francs)100 FrMS666060 
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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