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Extensive Collection of Swiss Shooting Medals in Stack’s Bowers May CCO Auction

Stack's Bowers to offers a collection of Swiss Shooting Medals.
Stack’s Bowers to offers a collection of Swiss Shooting Medals.

The upcoming May Stack’s Bowers Collectors Choice Online (CCO) auction will feature a rather extensive collection of artistic award medals from the PHG Collection, the vast majority of which emanate from the increasingly popular series of Swiss shooting medals.

While these beautiful and highly alluring miniature works of art present numerous collecting opportunities, some of the particular standouts include more traditional designs, like lots 73534—issued for the Federal shooting festival held in Geneva in 1887—and 73504—awarded at the Western Switzerland Shooting Festival held in Biel in 1893.

Others utilize timeless motifs and iconography, with Neoclassicism serving as a popular inspiration for engravers, such as lots 73531—presented for Geneva’s Society of Riflemen in 1882—and lot 73611—struck for the Federal shooting festival held in Frauenfeld in 1890. Still others parallel the changing art movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, employing hints of Art Nouveau on lot 73475—issued for the Aargau Cantonal Shooting Festival in 1902—and featuring strong nods to Art Deco on lot 73559—awarded at the Sempach annual shooting festival from the 1920s.

These festival-centric issues weren’t limited to medallic form, however, as coins at times also commemorated the events, with the crown module offering a great analog to the award medals. An early example of a “shooting Taler” is lot 73547—a 4 Francs from 1842 celebrating the Federal Free Shoot in Chur.

No matter one’s specific collecting focus or interests, the PHG Collection likely offers a number of treasures for collectors both advanced and novice.

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Featured Shooting Medal Highlights

Lot 73475
SWITZERLAND. Aargau Cantonal Shooting Festival
in Brugg Silver Medal, 1902.

Lot 73504
SWITZERLAND. Western Switzerland Shooting Festival
in Biel Silver Medal, 1893.
NGC MS-65.

Lot 73531
SWITZERLAND. Fourth Cantonal Shooting Festival
of the Geneva Riflemen Silver Medal, 1882.

Lot 73534
SWITZERLAND. Swiss Confederation Shooting Festival
in Geneva Silver Medal, 1887.

Lot 73547
SWITZERLAND. Federal Free Shoot
in Chur 4 Francs, Munich Mint, 1842.
NGC MS-65.

Lot 73559
SWITZERLAND. Sempach Annual Shooting Festival
Honorary Silver Medal, ND (ca. 1920-1930).

Lot 73611
SWITZERLAND. Swiss Confederation Shooting Festival
in Frauenfeld Bronze Medal, 1890.

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  • August 14-19, 2023
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  • September 12-14, 2023
  • Consign by July 27, 2023


Stack's Bowers
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Stack's Bowers Galleries conducts live, internet, and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company's 90-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block — The D. Brent Pogue Collection, The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Joel R. Anderson Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection, The Sydney F. Martin Collection, and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Pinnacle Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Salton Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, and The Thos. H. Law Collection. The company is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California with galleries in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. Offices are also located in New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, Hong Kong, Paris, and Vancouver.

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