About This Set:
From concept to realization, execution, delivery, payment, and worldwide press coverage, Benjamin Franklin truly was THE man behind the historic Libertas Americana medals. He leveraged his position in France as the Minister Plenipotentiary representing the United States to garner support and connect with the preeminent artists and engravers of the day, and he personally stewarded the process to bring the Medals into reality. Even after the designs and prototypes were approved and the completed medals were struck, Franklin continued on, ensuring that the entire world would know of the medals and the historic victories they commemorated. Press coverage began immediately, with articles in the London Magazine March 3, 1783, the Gentlemens Magazine (London) for March 1783, the New Annual Register (London) for April 10, 1783, and the Hibernian Magazine (Ireland) for December 1783.
From the very beginning, the Flowing Hair image of Lady Liberty was described as a "fine woman" and a "beautiful maiden." The lovely image of Lady Liberty inspired artists and engravers of the day, and became the genesis of the Flowing Hair Liberty Cap coinage of the First United States Mint. Yet, Liberty's inspiration did not end there, but has continued on through generation after generation, enduring in the thoughts of the public and spawning official restrikes and tribute pieces through the present day.
This set is dedicated Miss Liberty, and all of her children throughout the ages....