1895 St. Gallen


  
 
Actual 45 mm size by Franz Homberg, Berne / J. Stauffacher

Obverse.

Sprightly bearded olden gentleman well dressed in traditional hunter’s garb and of charismatic dignified disposition, stately with his right hand clasped the Cross standard in tilt balance onto his left leathery shoe, as the banner flowing drawn well out and following the caressing wavering wind, most proudly.

Strapped forward over left shouldering arm, one of truly most trusty of all, his experienced comrade of sharpshooter rifle, of many glorious hunts and competes of the shot, faithful comrade infallibly at His side. 

On this most sacred of Saint Gallen lands, gazing intently eastwards, by lustrous flora tree scrubs, the eternal home of his staunch defense, this solemnly vow.

Inscription.

Sicherer Blick U, Hand Ehren U, Schuetzen Das Vaterland - Safely look U, Hands honor U, Protect our Fatherland

Reverse.

Heraldic beast the majestic bear of City Sankt Gallen, old faithful companion of holy St Gallus, paw bolster up the proud blazon, the arms of Canton Saint Gallen founded dated 1803, symbol for freedom after the French Revolution.

Laurels of alpine forest roses, garland of victory gratifying reward to bestow to the champions of the shot.

Background.

Saint Gall (c. 550 - c. 645 CE), also known as Saint Gallus, was an Irish monk who lived in what is present-day Switzerland during the 6th century CE and was one of twelve companions of Saint Columbanus’ Christian mission to the European continent.

Associated with various legends, myths, and miracles, Gall is chiefly remembered for this role in the spread of Christianity in Switzerland and as the founder of a hermitage that would eventually become the Abbey Cathedral of St. Gallen. Gall is thus subsequently claimed additionally as the founder of the city of St. Gallen in Switzerland and remains the city's patron saint. Gall's feast is celebrated on 16 October, and he is the patron saint of all birds.

While Gall is remembered for his success in the Christianization of Switzerland, much of Gall’s later life in Switzerland following the foundation of his hermitage is shrouded in legends.

A well-known legend tells of the following night: While Hiltibod slept, Gallus was still awake when suddenly a bear appeared. Gallus was not intimidated, not even when the bear straightened up. Gallus ordered the bear, in the name of the Lord, to work for his food and get a piece of wood for the fire. The bear obeyed and carried the wood to the fire. Then Gallus gave the bear a sandwich, on the condition that he would never let himself be seen again. Hiltibod, who had overheard, said to Gallus: "Now I know that the Lord is with you when even the beasts of the forest obey your word." The bear never reappeared and later became the heraldic animal of the city of St. Gallen. The animal is also Gallus' most important insignia , he is almost always depicted with a bear at his side.

In revered memory of, Saint Gallus the patron saint of the city Sankt. Gallen, in the canton of Saint Gallen.

 

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