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    1720 John Law, VF
    Betts-136, Silver

    Betts-136. 1720 John Law. Silver. VF. 28.3 mm, 10.5 gm. Unsigned. The central obverse design is that of an older man laughing, while looking at the Northern hemisphere on a globe, with a legend that translates as, "He laughed at the folly of his times." A younger man weeps on the reverse, while viewing a more diverse portion of the globe. Betts translates the text as, "He wept over the misfortunes and crimes of his times." A boldly struck piece, this medal retains a strong degree of design detail. Scattered marks are most obvious in the fields, though there is none worthy of individual mention. Areas of toning appear, with the colors including shades of gold, peach, and green-blue.
    Ex: Charles McSorley; Lucien M. LaRiviere Collection, Part II (Bowers and Merena, 3/2001), lot 2044.
    From The John W. Adams Collection.


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