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1781 (March-April 1783) Libertas Americana medal. Bronze, 47.5 mm. Betts-615. Very Fine or better. Unanimity is a rare thing in numismatics, since it's an avocation and science full of smart, opinionated people. When the ballots went out to vote on the 100 greatest American medals and tokens for a Whitman book of the same name, however, there wasn't a single ballot that didn't have the Libertas Americana medal down as number one. The pet project of Benjamin Franklin, engraved by Augustin Dupre, the inspiration for the Liberty Cap coin designs from the dawn of the Philadelphia Mint, the Libertas Americana medal would rank first among most historic medals, most widely desired medals, most artistically important medals, and most famous medals in their day. Specimens went to members of the Continental Congress, the crowned heads and universities of Europe, military officers on both sides of the Atlantic, and Franklin's personal friends. Thomas Jefferson had one hanging on his wall at Monticello. This one undoubtedly belonged to someone important, though we have no idea who. It was found "in the wild" in the Deep South, where it could have been in a collection for eons or with an old time family. What we do know is that whomever received it in 1783 loved it. They carried it until the highest points of its relief were gently worn and the rims received a fair smattering of light ticks, nicks, and bruises. No serious damage was done, and no disfiguring knocks, bruises, or scratches are seen. A little harmless verdigris is noted here and there, and the pleasing and smooth medium brown surfaces show some deepening in areas where surface detritus is present, including at the right side of the obverse exergual line. The overall eye appeal is pleasant, as nice as any "circulated" Libertas Americana medal I've handled.

This medal is on dozens (hundreds?) of want lists, and price is often a stopping point. This piece offers a fine balance between its attractiveness and cost, and will make a fine display piece alongside other historical medals or the early American coins that imitiate it.

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 290096

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1781 (March-April 1783) Libertas Americana medal. Bronze, 47.5 mm. Betts-615. Very Fine or better. Unanimity is a rare thing in numismatics, since it's an avocation and science full of smart, opinionated people. When the ballots went out to vote on the 100 greatest American medals and tokens for a Whitman book of the same name, however, there wasn't a single ballot that didn't have the Libertas Americana medal down as number one. The pet project of Benjamin Franklin, engraved by Augustin Dupre, the inspiration for the Liberty Cap coin designs from the dawn of the Philadelphia Mint, the Libertas Americana medal would rank first among most historic medals, most widely desired medals, most artistically important medals, and most famous medals in their day. Specimens went to members of the Continental Congress, the crowned heads and universities of Europe, military officers on both sides of the Atlantic, and Franklin's personal friends. Thomas Jefferson had one hanging on his wall at Monticello. This one undoubtedly belonged to someone important, though we have no idea who. It was found "in the wild" in the Deep South, where it could have been in a collection for eons or with an old time family. What we do know is that whomever received it in 1783 loved it. They carried it until the highest points of its relief were gently worn and the rims received a fair smattering of light ticks, nicks, and bruises. No serious damage was done, and no disfiguring knocks, bruises, or scratches are seen. A little harmless verdigris is noted here and there, and the pleasing and smooth medium brown surfaces show some deepening in areas where surface detritus is present, including at the right side of the obverse exergual line. The overall eye appeal is pleasant, as nice as any "circulated" Libertas Americana medal I've handled.

This medal is on dozens (hundreds?) of want lists, and price is often a stopping point. This piece offers a fine balance between its attractiveness and cost, and will make a fine display piece alongside other historical medals or the early American coins that imitiate it.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 290096

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