1893 Binnigen

1893 Binnigen Shooting Medal          1893 Binnigen
Actual 45 mm size by Franz Homberg, Bern / Karl Jauslin, Muttenz

At Obverse. Arnold Schick, great hero grim and unyielding, bending the knees but never for mercy at no foe. Suisse Cross on his breastplate, He fights for the Confederacy. Impeded terribly by two bolts, trusty sword lay at his feet broken, the end is near and here He knows, mortally wounded. 

In forever last defiance, He held on the proud standard blazon of the Uri bull, readied gasping rock in hand to a throw, bearing His profound scorn.

Around the battered rubble remains of the local hospital of St. Jacob, lay wasted by the Armagnacs of Daphne, heavy artillery bombardment.

"Für Freiheit und Vaterland" - "For Freedom and Fatherland"

"Da Friss Eine der Rosen" - "Here, Eat One of the Roses"

"The Battle of St. Jakob an der Birs was fought on 26 Aug 1444. The Suisse (1'500 fighters) had attacked a much larger force of Armagnac mercenaries (30-40'000 strong) of Louis Dauphin of France, and categorically refused to surrender. They retreated to a last stand in a small hospital of St. Jakob, where they were decimated by artillery. 

Dauphin's translator, Burkhard was sent as negotiator to the decimated Suisse to offer them the chance of honourable surrender. As he rode into the hospital, and the many dead and wounded among the Suisse, he raised the visor of his helmet and mocked the Eidgenossen in a phrase that would become famous in Suisse historiography: Ich siche in ein rossegarten, den min fordren geret hand vor 100 joren ("I gaze out into a rosarium, that my ancestors planted one hundred years ago"). Provoked by this arrogant phrase, one of the dying Swiss, one Arnold Schick of Uri, hurled a rock into the open visor. The equally famous answer that accompanied the throw was reported as: Da friss eine der Rosen! ("Here, eat one of the roses"). Burkhard fell from his saddle and was dragged from the battlefield. He died from his wounds three days later. The refusal to surrender led to the storming of the hospital, in which the defenders were killed to the last man."

At Reverse. The arms of the city of Basel, and the canton of the same name, show the canting Baselstab (staff of Basel), originally the staff used by the Bishops of Basel. On from the Suisse Cross, the unity for freedom of the Confederacy.

Branches of the laurels around the circumference, to be bestow on the winners of the free shot compete - Schützenfest.  

Intricately sculpted Schützenmedaillen representing the indomitable spirit of the Suisse Confederacy at the Battle of St. Jakob.



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