Lot #6. 1781 Libertas Americana Medal. Betts-615. Bronze. AU.
The November 2009 Baltimore Auction - 11/12/2009
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47.59 millimeters. Obv: head of Liberty facing left with flowing hair and liberty pole, inscription LIBERTAS AMERICANA above, date 4 JUIL 1776 in exergue below. Rev: the infant Hercules (representing the young United States) on a shield-shaped cradle strangling a serpent in each hand, Minerva (representing France) stands over him repelling the British lion with a lance and shield, the inscription NON SINE DIIS ANIMOSUS INFANS (the infant is not bold without divine aid) above, the dates 17 OCT 1777 and 19 OCT 1781 in exergue below.
Dominant orange-copper patina with intermingled light-gray highlights that are mostly confined to the obverse. Sharply struck with only a trace of highpoint rub, direct angles even reveal considerable reflectivity to the fields. A lovely example of perhaps the most beautiful, popular and eagerly sought of the medals commemorating the return of peace after the American Revolution.