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Lot 402

(1781) Libertas Americana Medal in Bronze Betts-615 PCGS graded MS64 Brown. Beautiful glossy medium brown and light chocolate. A sharp, nearly flawless example of this historic medal that was struck to recognize and celebrate the newly earned independence for America. A trio of small spots of darker toning in the field above the forelock are the only notable marks, and they are insignificant. The medal was commissioned by Benjamin Franklin, engraved by Augustin Dupre in 1782, and struck in Paris in 1783. Two were struck in gold and presented to King Louis XVI and Queen Marie-Antoinette of France as thanks for their support during the American Revolution (present whereabouts of the two gold medals is unknown; possibly among the many antiquities lost in the chaos of the French Revolution). A few dozen were struck in silver and these were delivered by Franklin to high-ranking dignitaries in the French and American governments, and at least 100 more were struck in bronze for presentation to lesser dignitaries in both countries. These medals are recognized not only for their historic significance but for the beauty of their design and execution, and many numismatists consider them to be the most beautiful medals ever produced. The example offered here is among the finest known of the bronze strikes and would be a worthy addition to the finest numismatic cabinet today. Diameter 47.6 millimeters. Listed on page 92 in the "Redbook." PCGS population 8; 5 finer, 1 in 64+, 4 in 65. Estimate Value $15,000 - UP
Ex Bowers & Merena 11/20/1992:2156 (lot ticket included).

Realized $30,000

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