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.
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.
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Date made
obverse engraver
Dupre, Augustin
reverse engraver
Dupre, Augustin
place made
place of issue
United States
Physical Description
struck (overall production method)
bronze (overall metal)
circular (overall shape)
overall: 35 mm x 47.7 mm; 1 3/8 in x 1 7/8 in
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
Comitia Americana
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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