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Following the decisive victories at Saratoga and Yorktown, Benjamin Franklin wrote to the United States Secretary of Foreign Affairs Robert Livingston, "This puts me in mind of a medal I have had a mind to strike ... representing the United States by the figure of an infant Hercules in his cradle, strangling the two serpents; and France by that of Minerva, sitting by as his nurse, with her spear and helmet, and her robe specked by a few 'fleurs-de-lis.'" That concept of Benjamin Franklin's vision of Liberty -- the beautiful Libertas Americana Medal struck in 1783 – struck a chord with the people and nations of the world, and ultimately became the inspiration for the flowing hair Liberty coinage of the First U.S. Mint, as well as an extended series of related tokens and restrike medals.
Immediately after their striking, announcements of the Medals began spreading across the globe, appearing first in the London Magazine in March 1783 --
More announcements followed in the Gentlemen’s Magazine in March 1783, the New Annual Register in April 1783, and the first published image of the Medal (albeit incorrect) appeared in the Hibernian Magazine in December 1783. The first accurate image of the Libertas Americana Medal was published the following year, in the Historisch Genealogischer Calender:
The influence of Franklin's vision has continued ever since -- seen in the first coins of the U.S. Mint, like the 1792 Disme, and echoed in the patriotic tokens of the centennial era and the dramatic restrikes of the bicentennial and beyond.

ImagePCGS No.DateDenomVarietyGradePopPop HigherOwner's Comments
5286951784MedalBetts-619 Bronze Franklin Winged GeniusMS65BN10From concept to realization, execution, delivery, payment, and worldwide pr...
151000(1781)MedalLibertas Americana SilverMS6137The unanimous choice for the Number 1 spot in the 100 Greatest American Med...
151815(1781)MedalLibertas Americana BronzeMS65BN40A fanstastically preserved specimen, this gem bronze example of the Liberta...
519404(1783)MedalPeace of Versailles Betts-608 TinSP6110Related to the famous Libertas Americana medals, the Peace of Versailles me...
5188921792MedalMaz-318SP6410Sometimes referred to as the "French" Libertas medal, this medal commemorat...
11026179210CJ-10MS62BN10With the R-6 copper pattern Disme of 1792, we see the direct influence of t...
525297(1867)TokenMa-Sp 43 Copper J.A. BolenMS63RB20In the Post-Civil War era, as the once-divided country began to reunite in ...
525295(1874)MedalBaker-56 Silver Libertas AmericanaMS6410Here we see not only one of the very rarest of the Bolen medals, but one of...
525294No DateTokenJudd-391 Bronzed Lead Mule w/Libertas AmericanaMS6410A rare and peculiar piece, this token combines Bolen's Libertas Americana d...
525256(1876)TokenPa-Ph 502 Brass Wood's MuseumMS6420This advertising token for the Wood's Museum of Philadelphia features Bolen...
525257(1876)TokenPa-Ph 504 White Metal Wood's MuseumMS6410With this specimen, we see Bolen's Libertas Americana die in its most widel...
525335(1876)TokenNY-NY 780A Copper Geo. E. PhelanMS65RD10For the United States Centennial celebration in 1876, the Libertas American...
525307(1876)TokenNY-NY 720AA Bronze Frederick's PharmacyMS65BN10With this Lingg token produced for Fredericks Pharmacy of New York, we see ...
525364(1876)TokenNY-NY 810A Brass Geo. P. Rowell & Co.MS6510This merchant token was produced for the Geo. P. Rowell & Co. Newspaper com...
525317(1876)TokenNY-NY 740 White Metal T. HoagMS6510White metal strikings of the various merchant tokens are the most commonly ...
525384(1876)TokenNY-NY 860 White Metal Traphagen, Hunter & Co.AU5810The third known Libertas Americana token obverse die is seen here. An odd ...
525385(1876)TokenNY-NY 860J Brass Traphagen, Hunter & Co.MS6310Here again is the "apprentice" die of the Libertas Americana token, this ti...
5098991976MedalLibertas Am. Silver Copy of Original Design MS6710During a visit to the Paris Mint in 1958, John J. Ford re-discovered the pr...
5271241976MedalLibertas Am. Brass Copy of Original Design MS6510
5189431983MedalLibertas Am. Bronze Copy of Original DesignMS6810A further extension of First Coinvestors rights to the new 77mm Libertas di...
5100121776MedalLibertas Am. Silver 2000 RestrikeMS6510While the Paris Mint may have given First Coinvestors the exclusive rights ...
5119381776MedalLibertas Americana Gold 2000 Restrike 64g. AuPR68DC30As a companion to the 2000 Silver Restrike, the Paris Mint also issued a Re...
5100071776MedalLibertas Am. Silver 2004 RestrikePR69DC360Clearly, the Paris Mint found a favorable reception for the Libertas Americ...
5152641776MedalLibertas Americana Gold 2004 Restrike 43g. Au PR68DC41The Gold Libertas Americana Medal restrikes issued in 2004 came from the sa...
5100081776MedalLibertas Am. Silver 2005 RestrikeMS6140While the production quality of the Deep Cameo proof restrikes of 2004 was ...
5100101776MedalLibertas Am. Bronze 2005 RestrikeMS63RB10As with the 2005 Silver Libertas Americana restrikes, the 2005 Bronze restr...
5308301776MedalLibertas Am. Silver 2014 RestrikePR70DC90