Libertas Americana, France, 1782 (Paris Mint, original dies)

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Description (Brief)
One (1) Libertas Americana medal, original strike (Comitia Americana)
United States (France), 1782
Obverse Image: Bust of Liberty with flowing hair, facing left; over her shoulder she holds a pole with a Phrygian cap at the end to symbolize freedom.
Obverse Text: LIBERTAS / AMERICANA / JUIL. / 1776
Reverse Image: A standing female figure of Minerva representing France with sword and shield decorated with the arms of France protecting an infant Hercules representing the United States strangling two snakes; Minerva stands facing a standing Lion, with tail between its legs, representing Great Britain.
Reverse Text: NON / SINE / DIIS / ANIMOSUS / INFANS / 17 / OCT. / 1777 / 19 [OCT.] 1781
General Information: Paris Mint, original dies.
Description
Designed in 1782, by Benjamin Franklin and Esprit-Antoine Giblein, this medal was created to commemorate America's Revolutionary War military victories. Franklin conceived the idea as a private project to enhance Franco-American relations.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1782
obverse engraver
Dupre, Augustin
reverse engraver
Dupre, Augustin
place made
France
place of issue
United States
Physical Description
struck (overall production method)
bronze (overall metal)
circular (overall shape)
Measurements
overall: 35 mm x 47.7 mm; 1 3/8 in x 1 7/8 in
ID Number
1991.0009.0563
catalog number
1991.0009.0563
accession number
1991.0009
related event
Unlinked Event
See more items in
Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
Comitia Americana
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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