(1781) Medal Libertas Americana Bronze, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65+BN

PCGS MS65+BN

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PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS #:
151815
Designer:
N/A
Edge:
N/A
Diameter:
47.50 millimeters
Weight:
N/A
Mintage:
N/A
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
Other
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Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65BN PCGS grade

Liberty Collection

1 MS65BN PCGS grade
1 MS65BN PCGS grade

Palos Verdes Collection - Heritage 8/2014:5512, $49,937.50

1 MS65BN PCGS grade

Stack’s/Bowers 8/2013:1008, $58,750

5 MS64+BN PCGS grade
6 MS64BN PCGS grade MS64BN PCGS grade
6 MS64BN PCGS grade
6 MS64BN PCGS grade

Heritage 11/2012:3097, $18,800

6 MS64BN PCGS grade
6 MS64BN PCGS grade
#1 MS65BN PCGS grade

Liberty Collection

#1 MS65BN PCGS grade
#1 MS65BN PCGS grade

Palos Verdes Collection - Heritage 8/2014:5512, $49,937.50

#1 MS65BN PCGS grade

Stack’s/Bowers 8/2013:1008, $58,750

#5 MS64+BN PCGS grade
MS64BN PCGS grade #6 MS64BN PCGS grade
#6 MS64BN PCGS grade
#6 MS64BN PCGS grade

Heritage 11/2012:3097, $18,800

#6 MS64BN PCGS grade
#6 MS64BN 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.