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1781 Libertas Americana Medal in Bronzed Copper MS60 Brown NGC. Betts-615, Loubat-14....

2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston #1177

 
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Auction Ended On: Nov 29, 2012
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Location: George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, TX 77010

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Mint State Brown 1781 Libertas Americana
Betts-615, 'Greatest American Medal'
1781 Libertas Americana Medal in Bronzed Copper MS60 Brown NGC. Betts-615, Loubat-14. The bronzed Libertas Americana medals are probably the only ones most collectors will encounter, as the silver pieces survive only to the extent of perhaps three dozen example, while 100 or more survive of the bronzed copper medals. The two gold pieces originally struck are unknown today, likely melted down during the French Revolution; were they ever to appear, it would be a numismatic cause célèbre. Designed by Benjamin Franklin, the Libertas Americana medals (a silver example) are the cover coin and occupy the top position in the 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens by Katherine Jaeger and Q. David Bowers.
This Mint State specimen displays beautiful, glossy mahogany-brown surfaces with excellent eye appeal, despite a few marks that limit the grade, including a tick on the neck of Liberty and a couple of small dark spots on the reverse, housed in a large-format NGC holder that allows viewing of the edge as well. Listed on page 90 of the 2013 Guide Book. (PCGS# 151815)

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