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Gansabhauet Sursee – Swiss customs
Швейцарские традиции – обезглавливание гуся в г. Зурзе
Presented by
Federal Mint Swissmint
Nominal value
10 swiss francs
15 g
33 mm
Aluminium-bronze and copper-nickel
90 000 pcs.
Production quality
Thyl Eisenmann
Federal Mint Swissmint
Description of obverse and reverse
Obverse: in the center a person in a long robe with sun-mask and saber is depicted. On the right of the disguised person a dead goose is hanging on a wire. The background shows a group of houses. At the bottom of the picture - the legend “GANSABHAUET” and on the left of it in small letters - the artist’s name “T. EISENMANN”. Reverse: parallel to the edge - the legend “CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2014” step-like displaced in two lines; above of the centre - the Swiss cross and, at the bottom in three lines – “10 / B / FR”.
A brief annotation
At the “Gansabhauet”, two dead geese are suspended by the neck, one after the other, from a wire rope on a stage erected in front of the Town Hall. Young men and occasionally also women, dressed in red cloaks, a sun mask placed over their heads, try to sever the goose’s neck with a single sabre blow. To ensure that this is not too easy, a pointed cap is pulled down over the participants’ faces, preventing them from seeing, the dragoon sabre is blunt, and a glass of red wine together with a number of 360° turns are sufficient to cause confusion. It generally takes from five to twenty strokes to behead both geese.
New issue
№ 2(63) 2023
№ 2(63) 2023
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