Mint Year: 1883 Mintage: 30,000 pcs. Medallist: E. Durossel Region: Lugano (Switzerland) References: Davenport 390, HMZ 2-1343n, Martin 773, KM-XS16. Condition: Lightly cleaned/wiped obverse, otherwise a nice XF-AU! Denomination: 5 Francs ("Shooting Thaler") - Commemorating the Entry of Fribourg and Solothurn into the Swiss Confederation – 1481 Material: Silver (.835) Weight: 25.01gm Diameter: 37mm
Obverse: Helvetica and Neptune seated on a rock, below tunnel with an early steam-powered train type. Legend: TIRO FEDERALE IN LUGANO 1883
Reverse: Coat of Arms of Lugano with shooting cap, rifle, and standards with olive branch surrounding. Denomination (5 Fr.) below. Legend: LIBERTADE INERME É DE' TIRANNI AGEVOL PREDA / 5 Fr.
Lugano (Lügàn) is a city of 55,060 inhabitants (as of December 2009) in the city proper and a total of over 145,000 people in the agglomeration/city region, in the south of Switzerland, in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino, which borders Italy. The origin of the name is possibly the Latin word Lucus, meaning wood or sacred wood, or Gaulish locovanno "lake dweller".
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