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    1701 American Century Plant, VF, Holed
    Betts-104, Bronze

    Betts-104. 1701 American Century Plant. Bronze. VF, holed. 59.0 mm, 31.9 gm. Electrotype Shells. Engraved by Heinrich Peter Grosskurt, a medalist at Berlin and Dresden. The obverse design features an agave plant in bloom at center surrounded by rocky cliffs upon which the muses are sitting, including Pegasus and Apollo. The legend, NATVRA SEMEL MEMORIA SEMPER, translates as once in nature; always in memory. Text describing the century plant located in the gardens of Salzdal near the Castle of Wolfenbuttel covers the reverse. A VF representative, this piece is holed at top center. The high points of the design exhibit light wear. Although scattered marks are present, none poses a distraction.
    Purchased from Paul Patterson (6/1986).
    From The John W. Adams Collection.


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