1890 Solothurn


 
Actual 45 mm size by Hugues Bovy, Genf / H. Jenni / Walther Vigier, Solothurn

Obverse.

Noble of bearing, wore of intricate finery coat complete of articulated plate armor, the charismatic Niklaus von Wengi valiantly stood on the rampart, never a hesitation placed forth at rush of himself at front mouth of the bulwark siege canon, his feathery hat of status fallen.

Of grim dignified stature, of most surely firm determination and defiance, his right mailed hand placed resolutely upon the cold smooth iron barrel, at the very last momentous instance, already most ready to fire its wrath of a volley, left fist on lion-heart chest within clasping on Mayor’s emblem, the staunch yearning appeal for restraint to all.

At near the distance yonder, where this iron cannon will aim towards, the targets at the near suburbs of the olden Solothurn city houses.

Inscription.

"Herz Und Hand Dem Vaterland" - "Heart and hand to the Fatherland"

Reverse.

Blazon crest of Solothurn in center, upon the stylized shield of the Confederacy, cradled by six past and present generations of sharpshooter armaments of the shot compete (i.e. crossbow, arquebus, matchlock & flintlock muskets, models of carbine rifles).

The proud standard banner of the Cross, with the embrace of the winner's garland of flora branches of the laurels and oaken branches encircling the periphery.

Background.

The Solothurn supporters of the Reformed denomination, worship was prohibited in the city of Solothurn in 1532, after a conflict over the election of Niklaus von Wengi had broken the bishop. This eventually led to a rebellion of the Reformed in November 1533. They entrenched themselves in the suburb of Solothurn, where they hoped for help from Bern.

The Catholic Solothurners had the intention to end this uprising by forcibly, by the suburbs would be destroyed by cannon fire from the other bank of the Aare. After the first cannon shot Niklaus von Wengi stood in front of the mouth of the ready-to-fire second cannon and called out in the following words not to shoot fellow-citizens.

Niklaus von Wengi the Younger became known as the "hero of the Solothurn Reformation," who, as a Catholic mayor, prevented a religious war in the Canton of Solothurn through valiant intervention.

If Wengi successfully defied an armed conflict, he always represented the Catholic position and in the ensuing negotiations negotiated without concessions to the Reformed for the restoration of the ecclesiastical unity of the canton and city of Solothurn.

In memory of, Niklaus von Wengi, through his valiant intervention adverted a civil armed conflict in the city of Solothurn.

 

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