Libertas Americana Medal
MS64 BN [PCGS Gold Shield]
Betts-615, struck in Bronze.
An extremely choice, original and highly desirable example of this classic early American medal.
Conceived by Benjamin Franklin, engraved by Augustin Dupré, rich in symbolism, the Libertas Americana Medal occupies the #1 position in The 100 Greatest Medals and Tokens reference by Jaeger and Bowers.
Displaying the obverse depiction of Miss Liberty as would be later adopted for the 1793 Half Cent.
The reverse legend NON SINE DIIS ANIMOSUS INFANS is Latin for "The Courageous Child was Aided by the Gods", as depicted beneath by the courageous infant America aided by the Goddess Minerva (symbolizing France) in the struggle against England, with the dates of victories at Saratoga and Yorktown in exergue
The medal itself is a lovely, rich, original medium brown with a dash of faded red in the legends, hard, smooth surfaces and excellent eye appeal.
Noite that the last CAC-verified MS64 example auctioned was this NGC-graded piece that brought $51,600 at Stack's last November. But ours is nicer.
Note that this coin has been verified by CAC.
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