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    Betts-560. 1778 German Peace Hopes. White Metal (tin), with copper plug. Mint State. 38.5 mm, 17.3 gm. Unsigned. A very rare piece, the German text on the obverse of this medal translates as, "Consider the balance, it brings each day joy or trouble." A set of balance scales and numerous flags are among the items depicted in the central obverse. Betts translates the reverse text as, "Nearly the whole world have whet their swords! O Lord, let Crown and Throne blossom with palms of peace. Speak Thou to all the world- speak Thou to the German Empire this great word of blessing, My Peace be with you. 1778" These medals were issued shortly after the French signed the Treaty of Alliance with the United States. This piece reveals largely brilliant surfaces and pleasing luster.
    Ex: Lanz Graz Auktion XIV (11/1979), lot 293; John J. Ford, Jr. (Stack's, 5/2006), lot 191.
    From The Skyler Liechty Collection.


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