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Attractive and Historic Libertas Americana Medal

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1781 (March-April 1783) Libertas Americana medal. Bronze, 47.5 mm. Betts-615. About Uncirculated. A desirable example of this single most popular early American medal, personally commissioned by Benjamin Franklin and struck during his years in Paris to commemorate the end of the American Revolution. Attractive chocolate brown with some pale blue and subtle highlights. Good lustrous flash remains on both sides, more on reverse than obverse. Only lightly worn, showcasing the rich relief and detail of Augustin Dupre's most famous design. The obverse fields show some arc-shaped abrasions, most notable from under the truncation of Liberty's bust around the front of her profile to below ME of AMERICANA. Clearly done long ago, I would guess these abrasions some from an early and somewhat crude pantograph-style copying machine. The LaRiviere Nathanael Greene Comitia Americana medal showed nearly identical marks. Despite their presence, they blend in and do not measurably detract from the overall visual appeal. The reverse is choice, and the fields show few other contact marks. The rims are close to perfect. There isn't a single early American medal that appears on more want lists, nor any that has captured the imagination of modern American numismatists as much as the Libertas Americana. It was the unanimous choice for #1 in the Whitman book on the 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens, a remarkable feat for such a diverse group of voters. This one offers a nice balance of eye appeal and affordability. I acquired this medal privately from a collection that has been off the market since the early 1960s.

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location Philadelphia
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 11027

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1781 (March-April 1783) Libertas Americana medal. Bronze, 47.5 mm. Betts-615. About Uncirculated. A desirable example of this single most popular early American medal, personally commissioned by Benjamin Franklin and struck during his years in Paris to commemorate the end of the American Revolution. Attractive chocolate brown with some pale blue and subtle highlights. Good lustrous flash remains on both sides, more on reverse than obverse. Only lightly worn, showcasing the rich relief and detail of Augustin Dupre's most famous design. The obverse fields show some arc-shaped abrasions, most notable from under the truncation of Liberty's bust around the front of her profile to below ME of AMERICANA. Clearly done long ago, I would guess these abrasions some from an early and somewhat crude pantograph-style copying machine. The LaRiviere Nathanael Greene Comitia Americana medal showed nearly identical marks. Despite their presence, they blend in and do not measurably detract from the overall visual appeal. The reverse is choice, and the fields show few other contact marks. The rims are close to perfect. There isn't a single early American medal that appears on more want lists, nor any that has captured the imagination of modern American numismatists as much as the Libertas Americana. It was the unanimous choice for #1 in the Whitman book on the 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens, a remarkable feat for such a diverse group of voters. This one offers a nice balance of eye appeal and affordability. I acquired this medal privately from a collection that has been off the market since the early 1960s.

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Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location Philadelphia
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 11027

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