1776 (1783) AR Medal Betts-615, Libertas Americana (Regular Strike)

Series: (None)

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

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PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS63+

PCGS MS63+

PCGS #:
151000
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N/A
Edge:
N/A
Diameter:
47.50 millimeters
Weight:
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Mintage:
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Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
Other
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Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade

New Netherlands Coin Company 4/1972:615 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1999:2084 - American Numismatic Rarities 6/2005:3, $115,000

2 MS64 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #151000 (MS) 64

Heritage 8/2007:1537, $149,500

3 MS63 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2015:4906, $141,000

3 MS63 PCGS grade MS63 PCGS grade
5 MS62 PCGS grade

“The Rosenberg Specimen” - Ted L. Craige Collection (purchased in 3/1970) - Stack's/Bowers 3/2013:1, $99,875

5 MS62 PCGS grade PCGS #151000 (MS)     62
5 MS62 PCGS grade PCGS #151000 (MS)     62
5 MS62 PCGS grade
9 MS61 PCGS grade PCGS #151000 (MS)     61
9 MS61 PCGS grade MS61 PCGS grade
#1 MS65 PCGS grade

New Netherlands Coin Company 4/1972:615 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1999:2084 - American Numismatic Rarities 6/2005:3, $115,000

 
	PCGS #151000 (MS) 64 
#2 MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2007:1537, $149,500

#3 MS63 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2015:4906, $141,000

MS63 PCGS grade #3 MS63 PCGS grade
#5 MS62 PCGS grade

“The Rosenberg Specimen” - Ted L. Craige Collection (purchased in 3/1970) - Stack's/Bowers 3/2013:1, $99,875

PCGS #151000 (MS)     62 #5 MS62 PCGS grade
PCGS #151000 (MS)     62 #5 MS62 PCGS grade
#5 MS62 PCGS grade
PCGS #151000 (MS)     61 #9 MS61 PCGS grade
MS61 PCGS grade #9 MS61 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The Libertas Americana medal is one of the most famous and cherished of all the medals relating to American history. According to the historical record, the brainchild for the medal and its designs was none other than Benjamin Franklin. In a March 1782 letter to Robert Livingston, U.S. Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Franklin wrote, "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." (quoted in Joseph Loubat's The Medallic History of the United States of America). Clearly, the final design is a bit more aggressive than Franklin's suggestion, but one gets the point nonetheless.

The obverse of the medal shows a head of Liberty with flowing hair, facing right, a freedman's cap atop a pole in the background. This model served as the inspiration for some of the U.S. Pattern coinage of 1792 and for the first U.S. Half Cents in 1793.

Silver versions of the Libertas Americana medal are very rare. Bronze versions are more common but still valuable and highly prized. The finest silver version certified by PCGS is a single PCGS MS64.