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SWITZERLAND. Solothurn. City and Canton. Gilt bronze medal 1777 sworn the alliance between Louis XVI of France and the Swiss Confederates, sworn in Solothurn. (Gilt Bronze, 53.78 mm, 50.21 g) 1777, by K. J. Schwendimann. LUDOVICUS XVI REX CHRISTIANISS Bust to right. Rev. HELVETIOS NOBIS SOCIOS NOVA FOEDERA IUNGANT Gallia and Helvetia shaking hands in front of a sacrificial altar flame with an enthroned Minerva sitting atop a nearby column; in exergue SOLODVRI XXV AVG / MDCCLXXVII. Swiss medals 89 (bronze). Sehr selten / Very rare. Sehr schön-vorzüglich / Very fine-extremely fine.

An alliance had already been concluded between the Confederation and the French king under Louis XIV in 1663, which primarily focussed on military aspects. Due to internal disputes between the cantons, this alliance was not renewed in 1715. It was not until Louis XVI attempted to reach an agreement again, which was achieved in 1777. The renewal was celebrated on 25 August in Solothurn, the official residence of the French ambassador, to which this medal refers.
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