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Lot:4006 1777 B. Franklin Américain Portrait Medallion. Fur Cap. By Jean-Baptiste Nini. Margolis-Unlisted, Gr

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SBP2023年11月加州#2/4/6/7/8-美国币钞

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2023-11-18 07:00:00

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1777 B. Franklin Américain Portrait Medallion. Fur Cap. By Jean-Baptiste Nini. Margolis-Unlisted, Greenslet GM-5, Betts-548. Terracotta. Extremely Fine.119.5 to 121.3 mm; approximately 8.7 mm at the rims. 256.4 grams. Obverse in high relief, with five stops in the legend, all even with the midpoints of the adjacent letters, as seen on Margolis varieties 10 and 11. Signed and dated once on the truncation, incuse and sharp, to the left of the usual small coat of arms. Small pellet on the obverse rim at 12 oclock, and the usual corresponding fleur de lis punched into the reverse, just below and left of the suspension hole. That hole, at 12 oclock, passes through the medallion at an angle and opens in the edge at 12 oclock, as is usual for Ninis works, so as to avoid disruption of the obverse design.<p>Light brown, not unlike the color and sheen of worn leather, with decidedly orange accents through the recesses. Somewhat glossy texture from handling, as this seems to have been in non-numismatic hands until recently. A few small chips are noted in the obverse border and three larger ones affect the reverse. A short hairline fracture is noted off Franklins shoulder point. Traces of old labels and a blue grease pencil mark on the back.<p>One of the heavier small module medallions, all of which are very rare. This one is extremely so, however, and was not known to Richard Margolis in 2015, though his study of this series was extensive and included in-person research on two continents. The lettering on this variant is different than on all others seen, with the letters of B. FRANKLIN being more compact in spacing, and starting closer to the point of Franklins bust. As a result, the N of FRANKLIN is almost exactly even with Franklins eye, which is the easiest identification point. At the time of this writing, just three examples have been confirmed by the writer, this one having been discovered in St. Etienne, France, in May 2023.<p>Seemingly not until the present sale have these works gotten the recognition they deserve in numismatic sales as important artifacts of the American revolutionary period. They were works of art produced for the sole purpose of making Franklin and the American cause better known to the French, via their distribution, at a time when Franklins purpose of being in Paris was to raise attention and funding for the American cause from the King of France. Franklin was indeed successful in this endeavor, which contributed directly to the independence of the United States.

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