1883, Switzerland, Ticino. Silver "Lugano" Shooting Thaler (5 Fr.) Coin. PCGS AU
Mint Year: 1883 Mintage: 30,000 pcs. Medallist: E. Durossel Region: Lugano (Switzerland) References: Davenport 390, HMZ 2-1343n, Martin 773, KM-XS16. Condition: Certified and graded by PCGS as AU (Details: Cleaned!) Denomination: 5 Francs ("Shooting Thaler") - Commemorating the Entry of Fribourg and Solothurn into the Swiss Confederation – 1481 Material: Silver (.835) Diameter: 37mm Weight: 25gm
Obverse: Helvetica and Neptune seated on a rock, below tunnel with early train. Legend: TIRO FEDERALE IN LUGANO 1883 ("Federal shoot 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 ("Defenseless liberty is easy prey for tyrants!") Exergue: 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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