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The "Other" Libertas Americana Medal, Betts-608. White metal with scavenger.

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SKU: 16006

$3,950.00

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1783 Treaty of Paris (Libertas Americana) medal. Betts-608. White metal, 45 mm. Choice About Uncirculated. Known by the misnomer of "the French Libertas Americana medal," this production was actually struck in Nuremberg from dies by Johann Leonhard Oexlein, whose tiny OE monogram is visible at the right end of the obverse exergual line. The obverse legend LIBERTAS AMERICANA was undoubtedly borrowed from the famed Libertas Americana medal by Dupre, which was first seen in Germany in the spring of 1783. On the obverse, seated Louis XVI gestures towards a shield bearing 13 stripes, reminiscent of the reverse of the Bar copper, being hung on a pillar topped with a free hat, which was the way the Dutch (in particular) depicted the Liberty Cap that makes an appearance on the other Libertas Americana medal (and early American coinage). The date is in the emerge. On the reverse, Minerva holds a bundle of the shields of the various European powers who ended up being engaged in the fight over American independence (France, Great Britain, Spain, and the Netherlands), with a shield depicting a Gorgon's head, symbolic of war, on the ground below. The legend COMMVNI CONSENSV translates to "By Common Consent."

There are very few medals that so directly celebrate American independence. That this one does while bearing the most celebrated legend of its age makes it particularly desirable. The surfaces are bright and lustrous, still reflective, totally free of tin pest or corrosive mellowing. Some scattered contact marks are seen, typical of this composition, but the rims are nice and the detail is strong. The copper scavenger plug, seen at the exergual line, was a technological wonder, placed in the planchet before striking to attract corrosion; it worked. Ford's specimens of this medal brought in the $4000+ to $5000+ range in white metal, even more in silver. This is one Betts variety that should find a home in any collection that focused on the American Revolution, or any cabinet that has the more famous Libertas Americana at the ready as a foil.

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation No
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 16006

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1783 Treaty of Paris (Libertas Americana) medal. Betts-608. White metal, 45 mm. Choice About Uncirculated. Known by the misnomer of "the French Libertas Americana medal," this production was actually struck in Nuremberg from dies by Johann Leonhard Oexlein, whose tiny OE monogram is visible at the right end of the obverse exergual line. The obverse legend LIBERTAS AMERICANA was undoubtedly borrowed from the famed Libertas Americana medal by Dupre, which was first seen in Germany in the spring of 1783. On the obverse, seated Louis XVI gestures towards a shield bearing 13 stripes, reminiscent of the reverse of the Bar copper, being hung on a pillar topped with a free hat, which was the way the Dutch (in particular) depicted the Liberty Cap that makes an appearance on the other Libertas Americana medal (and early American coinage). The date is in the emerge. On the reverse, Minerva holds a bundle of the shields of the various European powers who ended up being engaged in the fight over American independence (France, Great Britain, Spain, and the Netherlands), with a shield depicting a Gorgon's head, symbolic of war, on the ground below. The legend COMMVNI CONSENSV translates to "By Common Consent."

There are very few medals that so directly celebrate American independence. That this one does while bearing the most celebrated legend of its age makes it particularly desirable. The surfaces are bright and lustrous, still reflective, totally free of tin pest or corrosive mellowing. Some scattered contact marks are seen, typical of this composition, but the rims are nice and the detail is strong. The copper scavenger plug, seen at the exergual line, was a technological wonder, placed in the planchet before striking to attract corrosion; it worked. Ford's specimens of this medal brought in the $4000+ to $5000+ range in white metal, even more in silver. This is one Betts variety that should find a home in any collection that focused on the American Revolution, or any cabinet that has the more famous Libertas Americana at the ready as a foil.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation No
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 16006

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