1781 (1782) Libertas Americana Medal. Copper. 47.8 mm. By Augustin Dupre. Betts-615. AU-58 (PCGS).

1781 (1

10000
1976 Libertas Americana Medal. Modern Paris Mint Dies. Silver. 78 mm. #0321. MS-64 (NGC).

1976 Li

1000
1781 (2004) Libertas Americana Medal. Modern Paris Mint Dies. Silver. 40 mm. 24 grams. .999 fine. Pr

1781 (2

400
1781 (2014) Libertas Americana Medal. Modern Paris Mint Dies. Gold. 49 mm. 5 ounces. .999 fine. Proo

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1781 (2014) Libertas Americana Medal. Modern Paris Mint Dies. Silver. 49 mm. 5 ounces. .925 fine. Pr

1781 (2

450
1781 (2015) Libertas Americana Medal. Modern Paris Mint Dies. Silver. 99 mm. 1 kilo. .925 fine. Proo

1781 (2

650
Undated (ca. 1816) Archibald Binny Medal. Joined White Metal Splashers. By Moritz Furst. Neuzil-51.

Undated

1000
1777 (ca. 1801) General Horatio Gates at Saratoga. White Metal. 56 mm. Adams and Bentley-4, Betts-55

1777 (c

7500
1779 (1860-1879) Captain John Paul Jones Naval Medal. Paris Mint Restrike from Original Dies. Copper

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2000
1779 (ca. 1870s) Captain John Paul Jones Naval Medal. U.S. Mint Copy Dies. Bronzed Copper. 57 mm. By

1779 (c

1500
1779 (1880-1901) Captain John Paul Jones Naval Medal. Paris Mint Restrike. Silver. 56 mm. 77.3 grams

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1000
1781 Daniel Morgan at Cowpens Obverse and Reverse Splashers. Uniface. White Metal Backed With Paper.

1781 Da

15000
1781 (post 1839) Daniel Morgan at Cowpens Medal. Barre Copy Dies. Bronzed Copper. 56 mm. Adams and B

1781 (p

3000
1781 (post 1839) Daniel Morgan at Cowpens Medal. Barre Copy Dies. Bronzed copper. 56.3 mm. 73.1 gram

1781 (p

3000
1763 Treaty of Hubertusburg. Silver. 44.7 mm. 21.8 grams. By Leonhard Oexlein. Betts-446. AU-55 (NGC

1763 Tr

600
1747 Lord Anson Medal. Silver. 43.3 mm. 33.4 grams. Betts-382, Eimer- 616. Extremely Fine.

1747 Lo

170
1690 Quebec Liberated Medal. Paris Mint Restrike. Bronzed Copper. Betts-69. MS-64 BN (PCGS).

1690 Qu

1000

Lot:4  1781年美国银质自由勋章 PCGS AU 55

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拍品分类 世界钱币>纪念章 品相 PCGS AU55
拍品估价 USD 90000 成交价 USD 84000
拍卖专场 SBP2018年8月ANA-美国钱币#2 拍卖公司 SBP
开拍日期 2018-08-15 21:00:00 结标日期 2018-08-16 03:00:00 拍卖状态 成交
拍品描述 1781 (1782) Libertas Americana Medal. Silver. 47 mm. By Augustin Dupre. Betts-615. AU-55 (PCGS).<strong>Obv:</strong> A beautiful head of Liberty with flowing hair faces left with a liberty pole behind the portrait, the inscription LIBERTAS. AMERICANA. above and the date 4 JUIL. 1776. below in exergue. <strong>Rev:</strong> The young United States as the infant Hercules strangling two serpents and being protected from the British lion by France, depicted as Minerva, the inscription NON SINE DIIS ANIMOSUS INFANS. (The infant is not bold without divine aid.) is above and the dates 17 OCT. 1777. and 19 OCT. 1781. are below in exergue. This is a richly original example of the scarce Libertas American medal in silver. Both sides are boldly and evenly toned in charcoal-lavender patina. Striking quality is outstanding, the devices smartly impressed with all fully brought up by the dies. The extreme high relief elements of the obverse portrait and a few of the features on the reverse are highly susceptible to rub, which is usually in the form of cabinet friction, as here. This feature is most noticeable on the highest points of Libertys hair and, in conjunction with a few trivial handling marks scattered about in the fields, it explains the AU-55 grade assigned by PCGS. Predominantly smooth in hand with impressive definition, nonetheless, this lovely medal is eagerly awaiting inclusion in an advanced collection. Struck in Paris to commemorate peace following the American victory over Great Britain in the Revolutionary War, the Libertas Americana is the most beautiful and important of the peace medals. The concept and mottos displayed by this medal are attributed to Benjamin Franklin, who at the time was serving as U.S. commissioner to France. While in France, Franklin set about the production of a medal to give to a select few he deemed instrumental in securing American independence. The Libertas Americana medal was to be symbolic of the winning of American liberty, not only on the battlefields of the New World but also in the courts of Europe, most particularly that of France. For without French support American victory over Great Britain would not have been possible. And since it was Franklin who secured the support of the king and queen of France, he was as indispensable to the political victory of the American Colonies as George Washington was to their military victory. The dies for the Libertas Americana medal were cut in Paris in 1782 by Augustin Dupre. The obverse portrait would later influence the first renditions of Liberty to appear on United States coinage, specifically those of the Liberty Cap copper coinage and the Flowing Hair silver coinage. The reverse design is highly symbolic, the two serpents representing the American victory over the British at the battles of Saratoga and Yorktown, but Minerva keeping the British lion at bay confirming that ultimate American independence would not have been possible without French aid. The dates in exergue on the reverse are the dates of the victories over General John Burgoyne at Saratoga and General Charles Cornwallis at Yorktown. All original Libertas Americana medals are scarce-to-rare pieces (Paris Mint restrikes of later years have minimal value) with most examples encountered in todays market being copper impressions, of which approximately 100-125 medals are known. Far rarer are the silver strikings that Franklin himself presented to French ministers, "as a monumental acknowledgement, which may go down to future ages, of the obligations [the United States is] under to [the French] nation." We believe that only 25-30 original Libertas Americana medals in silver are extant. (Two gold strikings that Franklin presented to King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette of France are not traced.) The presently offered piece will be a treasure for its next owner.From our Baltimore Auction of March 2011, lot 7.