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    1720 John Law, VF
    Betts-120, Silver

    Betts-120. 1720 John Law. Silver. VF. 37.9 mm, 14.4 gm. Unsigned. Two soldiers appear on the obverse, one whispering into the ear of the other who is holding a purse behind him. The legend translates as, "Money's the thing." The reverse features a speculator with an uplifted hand holding a tattered purse from which money is falling. With his other hand, he appears to be pointing to the wasted wealth behind him. The legend is, "As it comes so it goes," with the exergue being a version of "nothing at all is left." A well struck example, this medal retains a pleasing level of design detail and displays hints of gold at portions of the outer edges. There are no mentionable marks. The upper portion of the reverse rim reveals production difficulties.
    Purchased from Ted Craige.
    From The John W. Adams Collection.


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

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