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Netherlands' Answer to the Libertas Americana Medal, 1782 Betts-603

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1782 Holland Receives John Adams medal. Betts-603. Silver. About Uncirculated. A beautifully toned specimen of this famous historical medal, struck to mark the recognition of the independence of the United States by the States-General of the United Netherlands. The medal's engraver, Johann George Holtzhey wrote to John Adams, then serving in the Netherlands, in an October 20, 1782 letter: "Your nation's independence has inspired me to immortalize this great and noteworthy event in a medal commemorating its liberty." Adams received "the first proof," but the medal was widely distributed both in the Netherlands and beyond. Adams advised Holtzhey to offer this medal, along with the related Betts-604 and Betts-605 medals, to retailers in London, Boston, and Philadelphia, and undoubtedly many specimens found their way into cabinets in England and the United States. 

The obverse, with an inscription that translates to "Free Sister," shows the Netherlands offering a free cap (an analogue to the Liberty Cap) to America, who holds a shield emblazoned with 13 stars and stands on the head of a sad looking lioness, symbolizing England. England is further symbolized by one of the supporters of its arms, a unicorn, on the reverse, where the poor animal has run headlong into a stone wall and broken off its horn. "Tyranny repelled by valor," trumpets the legend, with "under the auspices of France" in the exergue.

This specimen is finely toned, particularly bright on the obverse, which shows good lustre and highlights of gold, magenta, and green. The reverse lustre is a bit more subtle, though still bold and reflective at the peripheries, and a scattering of light marks is seen in the expansive field. Struck during the important and heady year between the victory at Yorktown and the signing of the Treaty of Paris, this medal's direct relationship to American Independence has earned it comparisons to the Libertas Americana medal coined the following spring. With its well documented relationship to John Adams, it makes a fine companion piece to Benjamin Franklin's more famous medal, highlighting the importance of the Dutch to the American cause both during and after the war.

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 11001

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1782 Holland Receives John Adams medal. Betts-603. Silver. About Uncirculated. A beautifully toned specimen of this famous historical medal, struck to mark the recognition of the independence of the United States by the States-General of the United Netherlands. The medal's engraver, Johann George Holtzhey wrote to John Adams, then serving in the Netherlands, in an October 20, 1782 letter: "Your nation's independence has inspired me to immortalize this great and noteworthy event in a medal commemorating its liberty." Adams received "the first proof," but the medal was widely distributed both in the Netherlands and beyond. Adams advised Holtzhey to offer this medal, along with the related Betts-604 and Betts-605 medals, to retailers in London, Boston, and Philadelphia, and undoubtedly many specimens found their way into cabinets in England and the United States. 

The obverse, with an inscription that translates to "Free Sister," shows the Netherlands offering a free cap (an analogue to the Liberty Cap) to America, who holds a shield emblazoned with 13 stars and stands on the head of a sad looking lioness, symbolizing England. England is further symbolized by one of the supporters of its arms, a unicorn, on the reverse, where the poor animal has run headlong into a stone wall and broken off its horn. "Tyranny repelled by valor," trumpets the legend, with "under the auspices of France" in the exergue.

This specimen is finely toned, particularly bright on the obverse, which shows good lustre and highlights of gold, magenta, and green. The reverse lustre is a bit more subtle, though still bold and reflective at the peripheries, and a scattering of light marks is seen in the expansive field. Struck during the important and heady year between the victory at Yorktown and the signing of the Treaty of Paris, this medal's direct relationship to American Independence has earned it comparisons to the Libertas Americana medal coined the following spring. With its well documented relationship to John Adams, it makes a fine companion piece to Benjamin Franklin's more famous medal, highlighting the importance of the Dutch to the American cause both during and after the war.

 

 

 

 

 

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 11001

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