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    Libertas Americana Medal, AU Details
    Copper, Iconic Betts-615

    (1781) Medal Libertas Americana Medal, Copper -- Burnished -- NGC Details. AU. Loubat-14, Betts-615. The famous medal variety that inspired the Liberty Cap half cent and cent designs. Struck at the Paris Mint at the behest of Benjamin Franklin. His March 1782 letter to Robert Livingston described the motifs: America as the infant Hercules strangling two snakes, while France as Minerva defends the new nation. The hostile British lion is not described in Franklin's letter, but appears in the finished design. The iconic Betts-615 is ranked #1 in Jaeger and Bowers' 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens. About 100 to 125 copper examples are known today, along with 20 to 30 silver examples and a single white metal impression. The present piece shows light wear on the hair above the ear, and the olive-brown surfaces are mildly bright from a long-ago wipe.

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