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    Betts-558. 1777 France Aids America. Silver. XF. 28.8 mm, 7.0 gm. Unsigned. As described by Betts, a right-facing bust of King Louis XVI appears on the obverse. The reverse includes an intricate design with Mars seated on the right with a spear and shield while Peace is represented on the left with one hand upon the shoulder of Mars. The text translates as, "Arms preserve peace." Betts speculated these medals were a special issue of the French War Department as France was on the verge of entering the war. The reverse of this piece in particular exhibits beautiful toning, including shades of copper, blue and green, violet, and garnet. No marks are present worthy of mention.
    From The Skyler Liechty Collection.


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