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    Desirable Peace of Versailles Medal

    1783 Treaty of Paris Medal AU55 Uncertified. Betts-608. 45 mm. 32.5 gm. White metal with a small copper plug (as usual for Betts-608) that partly overlaps the fallen shield. A splendid example with minimal highpoint friction on the highpoints of the design, which are the chest, hip, and knee of Athena. The open fields are toned light silver-gray, and brilliant luster fills the legends and outlines the devices. This French medal commemorates the American victory in the Revolutionary War. King Louis XVI proclaims American independence, represented by a bar cent-like shield hung on a Liberty pole. On the reverse, an olive tree is spawned from Athena's spear. The shields of European powers Britain, Spain, France, and Holland are joined by a ribbon, giving consent to American freedom. A shield of war with the head of Medusa lies disrespectfully on the ground. Among the nicest white metal examples of this historically significant medal. (NGC ID# D2M4, PCGS# 661010)

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    September, 2007
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