1886 La Chaux-de-Fonds


Actual 45 mm size by Edouard Durussel, Berne 

Obverse.

Helvetia allegory of goddess personification representing the Confederation, adorned the beloved Cross, on Her dignified tunic armor. Clasp bounding, over elegant flowing gown, with kindred embroidered cape, Her free mane over beauty, of elegance and grace well shown, captivating by the unconfined flowing soft breeze.

Fixity of purpose, iron-willed leadership to Her cantons, towers maternally over an earnest youngling of the Confederacy, true reflection of great youthfulness potential and pride. With vigilant watchful eye, right arm level and point alluring eastwards and in clearest sureness, rallying steely the shot of Her champions.

Her left hand lends the proud blazon municipal coat of arms of noteworthy La Chaux-de-Fonds, (Tierced per fess, of Azure three Mullets of Five Argent in fess, Argent a Hive Or surrounded by seven Bees of the same, and chequy Argent and Azure) the grand venue of the shot compete.

Of the Confederacy youngling, immaculately attired lovely heritage lacy tunic finery, faithfully heedful of Her decree, yields in ardent concentration, joyous focused calibration of aim as led.

At background seen of lands origin of township residential homes and watch-making workshops intermingle. Far settings, the mountainous Swiss Jura Alps ranges, silent witnesses to historical encounters herein.

Inscriptions.

"Nos Bras Et Nos Ceours La Patrie!" - "Our Arms and Our Hearts, For the Homeland"

Reverse.

Couplet blazons emblem of ornate shields, of Confederacy and Cantonal Neuchâtel, fellow kinship by side pair. Champions' pair of Perkussionsstutzer carbines, uniformly diagonally crossed, marking the sharpshooter rifles bestow at the grand shot compete at.

Centre raising proudly beyond, the arms of Sankt Gallen, the quintessential allegory for freedom after the French Revolution, chronicles the peaceful Neuchâteloise revolution (1848), then monarchy to Canton republic, also consequential establishment of the Confederacy Federation.

Below the arms lay the victorious goblet trophy from of intertwined flora branches - left laurels and of right alpine flowers of the Canton, victors' garlands yearns on the shoulders of winners of the grand Schützenfest.

Background.

“The city was founded in 1656. Due to the altitude (1,000 m [3,300 ft]) and the lack of water (porous sandstone underground) the land is ill suited to farming. Planning and buildings reflect the watch-making artisans need of rational organization.

Partially destroyed by a fire in 1794, La Chaux-de-Fonds was rebuilt following a grid street plan, which was and is still original among Swiss cities, the only exception being the easternmost section of the city, which was spared of fire.

This creates an interesting and obvious transition from the old section to the newer section. The roads in the original section are very narrow and winding, which then opens up to the grid pattern near the town square.

Economic activity accelerated in the 18th century with the development of the city's lace and watch-making industries. Its growth and prosperity is mainly bound up with the watch-making industry. It is the most important centre of the watch making industry in the area known as the Watch Valley.

La Chaux-de-Fonds is also a world-renowned centre of Art Nouveau.

In 2009, La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle, its sister city, were jointly awarded UNESCO World Heritage status for their exceptional universal value.”

An “Art Nouveau” medal in remembrance of the rich heritage past of the city La Chaux-de-Fonds special mentioning of its 18th century renowned for lace-making industry, as meticulously and intricately designed by the engraver onto the focus on the youngling shooter of this medal.


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