The third (3rd) edition of the Swiss shooting thalers and shooting medals book has been extensively updated into a bilingual English and Chinese language version, with significant new content. Encyclopedic in its scope, it can be viewed as the latest and the most detailed resource available on Swiss shooting thalers and medals in the world. It is filled with numerous high quality illustrations, colour prints and information about the Swiss Schützenfest (Shooting Festivals).
It brings to life the illustrious culture and historical background of the famed Swiss cantons, including historical events from the Old Suisse Confederacy (from 1291) until modern Switzerland (1960s). The events of those 6 centuries provided rich fodder for the designs engraved on the thalers and medals arising from the shooting festivals. In addition, the literature also covers an estimated 2'200 fine numismatic material of shooting thalers and medals, carefully catalogued across the years from the 17th century antique Geneva pieces until the 1960's beautiful artistic pieces. There are also records of their limited issues and surviving mintages and where possible, their origins.
New to this edition, a set of medals specially curated for their artistic and historical value, have been further examined and researched by the writers of this book. They have endeavored to go back in time to discover the hidden meanings of these exquisite medals by the artists who designed them, delving into the significance and rich symbolism present in the iconic images and inscriptions.
The encyclopedia is in hardcover format totaling 632 pages. It is measures 28.5 cm x 24 cm x 4.5 cm, weighing in at a whopping 3 kilograms. Like other coffee table books of its ilk, this book is printed by Battenburg, a reputable German publisher, on high quality paper with high resolution photos bringing to life images of a bygone era.
Launched in June 2020, this meticulously researched book is a MUST HAVE for numismatists and collectors of these beautiful rarities, as the knowledge shared within will bring new meaning and joy to your collection.
Even non-collectors will find much to interest them within the pages of this ambitious book, as it captures not just the lively festival ambience and spirit of the Grand Schutzenfest of Switzerland, but also a sweeping history into the beginnings and formation of the Swiss Confederacy as we know it today.
Overseas retail price at 85 Euros (See last picture).
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