Switzerland’s annual shooting taler is now available from a
distributor in the United States.
The Swiss tradition of marksmanship was established during the Old
Swiss Confederacy, in the 15th century, when festival participants
used crossbows in shooting contests.The legend of William Tell recalls this tradition as
In modern times, every five years a federal shooting festival draws more than 50,000
marksmen to demonstrate their shooting skills. Smaller, annual,
festivals are also held.
The 2015 silver and gold medals (they are not coins) share common
obverse and reverse designs, save for the denomination indicated on
The obverse shows an allegorical figure that might be interpreted as
the Canton of Wallis (Valais) or as Helvetia, the allegorical female
personification of the Swiss Republic. She sits naked among billowing
drapery, offering an oak and laurel wreath with her right hand and
holding a sprig of laurel in her left hand, suggesting she may
On the reverse, the traditional wreath of oak leaves (on the left)
and laurel (on the right) surrounds the denomination of 50 francs
(silver) or 500 francs (gold). Beneath the wreath, a marksman’s powder
horn and bandolier hang from a pair of crossed rifles or muskets.
The legend indicates (in both French and German, two of
Switzerland’s four official languages) that the taler is redeemable
during the shooting festival, which this year is a federal shooting
festival, scheduled to be held in the Swiss Canton of Wallis (Valais
in French), home of the Matterhorn.
The Proof .900 fine silver taler medal weighs 25 grams, measures 37
millimeters in diameter and has a mintage limit of 1,200 pieces. It retails for $99.95, with quantity discounts
available from the distributor, Talisman Coins.
The Proof .999 fine gold taler medal weighs 15.567 grams, measures
33 millimeters in diameter and has a mintage limit of 200 pieces. It
retails for $1,399.95 each.
To order, visit the Talisman Coins website.
Keep reading about Swiss shooting talers here:
2013 medal marks festival in Lucerne
Medals in 2012 honor festival in Graubunden
Historic Swiss shooting festival talers sometimes counterfeited