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1783 Betts-612, The Official French Medal Marking the Treaty of Versailles

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1783 Betts-612, The Official French Medal Marking the Treaty of Versailles

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From Stack's sale of the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, Part XIV, May 2006, Lot 285 (at $1150).

Details

1783 Treaty of Versailles medal. Bronze, 42 mm. Betts-612. Choice About Uncirculated. Very attractive light to medium brown, with good glossy lustre and nice eye appeal. Some scattered marks, little inactive speck of verdigris in lower left reverse field, a nice example of this scarce medal. Known with two different obverses, this is the official Paris Mint medal struck to mark the Treaty of Versailles, which established peace among the parties of the American Revolution. The reverse legend PAX FRANCIAM INTER ET ANGLIAM translates to "Peace between France and England." Both obverse and reverse are by DuVivier, best known to American collectors for his several contributions to the Comitia Americana series. The other obverse known for this medal (catalogued as Betts-611) was accomplished by another artist who worked on the Comitia Americana series, Nicolas-Marie Gatteaux.

This is a scarce medal. Ford owned just one example each in silver and bronze, and he didn't acquire either until the 1970s, which means F.C.C. Boyd lacked this Betts number entirely. Struck at the same time to mark the same event as the Libertas Americana medal, it makes an excellent companion piece for one, though this is apparently the rarer medal.

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 # 17024

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Details

1783 Treaty of Versailles medal. Bronze, 42 mm. Betts-612. Choice About Uncirculated. Very attractive light to medium brown, with good glossy lustre and nice eye appeal. Some scattered marks, little inactive speck of verdigris in lower left reverse field, a nice example of this scarce medal. Known with two different obverses, this is the official Paris Mint medal struck to mark the Treaty of Versailles, which established peace among the parties of the American Revolution. The reverse legend PAX FRANCIAM INTER ET ANGLIAM translates to "Peace between France and England." Both obverse and reverse are by DuVivier, best known to American collectors for his several contributions to the Comitia Americana series. The other obverse known for this medal (catalogued as Betts-611) was accomplished by another artist who worked on the Comitia Americana series, Nicolas-Marie Gatteaux.

This is a scarce medal. Ford owned just one example each in silver and bronze, and he didn't acquire either until the 1970s, which means F.C.C. Boyd lacked this Betts number entirely. Struck at the same time to mark the same event as the Libertas Americana medal, it makes an excellent companion piece for one, though this is apparently the rarer medal.

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 # 17024

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