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    Elusive 1783 Betts-614 Pewter Medal, AU55
    Treaty of Paris
    'Continental Currency' Reverse

    1783 MEDAL Treaty of Paris Medal. AU55 NGC. Crosby Page 370, Betts-614, High R.6. 358.6 grains. 93% tin, 2% antimony, 1% lead. Ex: Norweb. On the obverse, America (standing Indian) greets Britannia (seated figure). A dove of Peace flies above, carrying an olive branch. St. Paul's Cathedral in London appears to the left, with a monument and ship in the background. The legend, FELICITAS BRITANNIA ET AMERICA, translates to Britain's and America's Happiness. Dated September 4, 1783 in exergue, one day after the Treaty of Paris was signed.

    The reverse of this medal resembles the Continental dollar reverse design, although there are clear differences. WE ARE ONE appears inside a central band that is inscribed AMERICAN CONGRESS with the N in AMERICAN the same size as the other letters. The two words are separated by a group of three dots before the C in CONGRESS, and a six-pointed star following that word. The glory of rays is replaced by 13 groups of three lines. The state names in the rings begin with Massachusetts at 11 o'clock and New Hampshire near 12 o'clock, meaning this reverse was patterned after Newman's reverse C.

    Lovely medium gray color with full rims and considerable border detail that is lacking from 1 o'clock to 4 o'clock on the obverse, and from 12 o'clock to 5 o'clock on the reverse. There are none of the usual rim bruises that are typically found on these medals. The ornamented edge resembles the twin-leaves edge of the Continental dollars, although there are clear differences. Just over a dozen examples of the Treaty of Paris medal survive, and most of those are lower grade pieces.
    Ex: Baldwin's (1961); Norweb Collection (Bowers and Merena, 3/1988), lot 2459; Donald Groves Partrick.

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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