Aluminium-bronze and copper-nickel
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.