1872, Switzerland, Zurich. Large Silver Shooting Thaler (5 Franken) Coin. AU+
Mint Year: 1872 Mint Place: Zurich Mintage: 10.000 pcs. Designer: Fritz Landry Denomination: 5 Francs ("Shooting Thaler") References: Davenport 385, Richter 1731a, KM-XS11. R! Condition: Numerous small contact-marks and a few spots in fields, otherwise a nice lustre AU+ Material: Silver (.835) Weight: 24.95gm Diameter: 37mm
Obverse: Helvetia holding wreath aloft in one hand and Shield in the other. Symbols of industry and prosperity below. Legend: FÜR FREIHEIT UND VATERLAND Translated: "For freedom and the fatherland." Reverse: Shield of Switzerland over crossed rifles with a wrap around banner, all within and oak and olive wreath with value below. Banner Inscription: ALLE FÜR EINEN – EINER FÜR ALLE ("All for one, one for all!") Legend: EIDGENÖSSISCHES SCHÜTZENFEST IN ZÜRICH 1872 – 5 Fr. Translated: "Federal shooting festival in Zürich 1872 – 5 Francs"
The canton of Zürich consists of lands acquired by the capital Zürich after it became reichsfrei in 1218, especially after the revolution of the guilds in 1336. Zürich joined the Swiss Confederacy in 1351. The lower part of the canton was added to the territories of Zürich in 1362. Zürich claimed and lost the Toggenburg in the Old Zürich War of the 1440s. The northern parts up to the river Rhine came to the canton after the city of Zürich purchased Winterthur from the Habsburgs in 1468. Possessions to the west gained independence from Zürich as parts of the Canton of Aargau in 1803. The people approved a new constitution for the canton in February 2005, replacing the 1869 constitution. The new constitution took effect in January 2006.
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