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    (1783) Libertas Americana Medal, MS63 Brown
    Struck in Bronze from the Original Dies
    Loubat-14, Betts-615

    (1783) Medal Libertas Americana Copper MS63 Brown NGC. Loubat-14, Betts-615. It is believed that about 200 Libertas Americana medals, the brainchild of Benjamin Franklin, were struck in bronze from the original dies between early 1783 and 1791. Nearly two centuries years later, in 1958, John Ford rediscovered the original dies in the Paris Mint Museum. Transfer dies were made and used to strike new medals in 1976. Originals, including this bronze representative, all have a diagnostic die break at 7 o'clock on the obverse rim, as well as scattered rust spots.

    This medal survives in attractive Select Uncirculated condition with coppery accents around the devices and golden-brown surfaces overall. Small carbon spots appear on each side, but they are entirely minimal. Strike definition and overall preservation are excellent. A terrific example of the first-ranked issue among the 100 Greatest U.S. Medals and Tokens. Listed on page 85 of the 2022 Guide Book.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# DRPN, PCGS# 151815)


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