1896 Baden


1896 Baden Shooting Medal          1896 Baden Shooting Medal
Actual 45 mm size by Franz Homberg, Bern

At Obverse. Virtuous fair maiden in humble flowing dressing, Her halo - 'Sancta Verena' delicately etched almost latent. She stands as Saint Verena venerated as saint by the Coptic Orthodox Church, Roman Catholic Church, by Eastern Orthodox Church.

Prominence to Her right embrace, cradles a water jug of healing,  and a comb held in hand, as always portrayed of Verena, of merciful care of all Her wards.

Her name 'Verena' represents 'the good fruit', as crest on shield She bears on at left, fertile grapevine bearing a full yield. Reflects her name-stake well. 

Patron saint for all poor, sick, lepers, young girls and nurses. One of the most revered Saints in Switzerland. Many historian consider Her as the venerable mother of nuns in Europe. 

Backdrop, the Old Baden town, view of the ruins of ancient Stein Castle, historical City Church, aged roof houses.

Her mineral hot springs have been famed since at least the Roman era, first attested as the place of Aque Helveticae - "Waters of the Helvetii". Since early centuries, these healthful waters was selectively employed for healing certain ailments, medicinal use, as well as, recreation and religious use.  

"Vorwärts Fest U Treu!" - "Forward Firmly Faithful!"
 

At Reverse. Centre of the Old Suisse Confederation Cross, from which the rays stylised under the radiance diverge in all directions.

Left, the Aargau Cantonal Coat of Arms. Right, the Baden City Coat of Arms. Venue of the Grand Shooting Festival.

 Pair of Suisse shooting rifles, heritage crossbow quiver of shots represents the shooting compete, over branches of the winner's laurel. 

"Saint Verena joined the Theban legion in its mission to Rhaetia (modern day Switzerland) as relative of Saint Victor of the Theban legion. The Soldiers' relatives were allowed to accompany them in order to look after them and take care of their wounds. When Saint Maurice, Saint Victor and the entire Theban legion were martyred, Saint Verena led a lonely and hermit life. She settled in a place called Solothurn, later moved into a cave near present day Zurich.

She used to fast and pray continuously. Moreover, God performed several miracles through her. She was particularly concerned over young girls and used to look after them spiritually and physically, due to her expertise as a nurse. Saint Verena was also interested in serving the poor and used to offer them food. Moreover, she enjoyed serving the sick, especially those suffering from leprosy. She used to wash their wounds and put ointments on them, not fearing infection. 

As a result of her fame, the ruler there arrested her and sent her to jail. Saint Maurice appeared to console and strengthen her. After her release, she moved into several regions, and God worked several miracles through her prayers. Due to her, many converted to Christianity. At the time of departure of Saint Verena from our world, the Most Holy Virgin Mary appeared to console and strengthen her. Saint Verena of the Theban legion departed on the 4th day of the Coptic month Thout (September 14), 344 AD"

Schützenmedaillen in reverence, caring deeds of Saint Verena, along with the legendary natural healing springs of Baden.

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