Welcome to Rod Moore Schutzenfest – Swiss Shooting Medals
Rod Moore Schutzenfest has information and pictures of shooting medals, cups, and memorabilia that may interest you. This is where you can come, ask questions, and leave comments about schutzenfest related items. We primarily concentrate on shooting medals (schützenfest medals) from Switzerland. We also have knowledge and feedback about shooting medals from Germany, France, Austria, Argentina, etc. We also can answer questions about: shooting cups (pokal and bechers), posters, decorations (abzeichen), wappensheibe (stained glass), jetons, scorecards, postcards, Swiss coins, Swiss francs, shooting talers, munzen, and other types of Schützenfest memorabilia.
Please use our discussion page to discuss all things schutzenfest. Our goal is to strengthen this fine hobby by education and research. Discussion participation will increase understanding and overall awareness. We will make every attempt to answer all questions and welcome the comments of our visitors! Please visit often for updates and new posts and comments when available. It is our goal to add information gained from over 50 years of collecting. We will be adding such information to this website as time allows.
Shooting competitions are a way of life in the Germanic regions of Europe, especially Switzerland. The first shooting festival (Eidgenössisches Schützenfest) was held in Aarau in 1824. Federal contests including canton, city, and club competitions have continued through the present day. Competitors won various forms of awards. Shooting medals (schützenmedallie) and shooting cups are the most common forms of award. Published in Switzerland, there are books that list and illustrate these awards.
Swiss shooting medals were struck in a variety of metals including gold, silver, bronze, white metal, and aluminum with silver being the most common. Mintages are very low with the average mintage of the 45mm medals being 700-800 pieces. Medals have become rarer over the years due to the awards being melted for bullion, being lost, and general attrition. The size of most medals range from 23mm to 62mm with 45mm being the most prevalent.
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