Switzerland 500 Francs 2023, Obwalden Shooting Festival. Gold Proof

Switzerland 500 Francs 2023, Obwalden Shooting Festival. Gold Proof


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. In modern times, a shooting festival is held every year in a different canton. As many as 50,000 marksmen have participated in some. In 2023 a Cantonal Shooting Festival will be held in Giswil, Obwalden from June 9-25. This will be the 27th time Obwalden hosts a Shooting Festival. Silver and gold versions of the traditional coins used to help mark and promote the event will be available in what has been a tradition since the 19th century.

The designs are identical except for the expression of value on the reverse. The obverse shows a profile half-length bust of a young woman in traditional dress wearing a tiara with coat of arms of Obwalden and a wreath and crossed rifles to her right. The reverse shows a farming scene witha woman and two of her cows in a typical landscape of a lake and mountains. The denomination and date are on the bottom. Einlösbar AM SCHÜTZENFEST at the top means “redeemable at the shooting festival.”

The gold 500 franc has a much lower mintage of just 150 coins and distribution is allocated based on orders from last year.

It is .999 fine gold and weighs ½ troy ounce. It is 33 millimeters (1.3 inches) in diameter.

Coins should be ready to ship towards the end of February. Your order will be charged when shipped. Orders outside the USA will be billed actual shipping cost plus insurance.

Please order before it is too late.