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    Betts-610 1783 Peace of Versailles Medal

    1783 Peace of Versailles Medal With Copper Plug, Choice AU. Betts-610, Le Maistre-655. Tin, 43.5 mm, 24.1 gm. A small, irregular-shaped copper plug has been inserted into the upper field. Obverse: Peace and Liberty stand holding hands while the fortresses of Mahon and Gibraltar bombard fleets in the distance, legend SIC HOSTES CONCORDIA IUNGIT AMICOS ("Thus this peace among enemies joins friends"), PRUDENTIA & FATIS ("Wisdom and fate") in exergue. Rev. Peace trampling on War, angel blowing a trumpet with FIAT PAX ("Makes peace"), peripheral legend ENSIBUS EX MARTIS LUX PACIS LAETA RESURGIT ("From the swords of war the light of peace happily bursts forth"), in exergue OPE VULCANIT ("Work forged") 1783. Lustrous and unsigned. A light scrape beneath IUNGIT AMICOS is noted.
    Congress authorized Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, and John Adams to negotiate a peace treaty with Great Britain. Preliminaries were signed at Versailles on 30 November 1782, and the final treaty, including France, Holland and Spain, was signed on Sept. 3, 1783.
    A similar piece in a Spink sale (Sale 5014, 9/28/2005, lot 750) brought GBP240, about US$423 at the time, and two pieces in the Ford Stack's sales (Sale XIV, lots 280-281) brought $500 and $550.


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