One of the most desired early American medals because of its direct ties to Benjamin Franklin who designed these and the elegant motifs of Liberty with her cap and pole, the reverse of course with the infant Hercules as America and Minerva as France defending against the British lion. The surfaces are pleasing with attractive chocolate brown dominating the medal, although a couple of reddish areas are noted, one on Liberty's neck and the other in the field below her hair. Fully struck by the dies and an imposing medal for the specialist. The obverse design was almost certainly influential in the design of the 1793 half cent and later Liberty Cap large cents with the pole and cap reappearing too many times to mention in medals and tokens.
Several light scuffs and scratches on the NGC holder are visible in our images for this medal -- they should not be mistaken for scuffs or scratches on the surface of the medal.
Numismatic Reflections by Q. David Bowers
The esteem in which the Libertas Americana Medal is held today is perhaps best demonstrated by its earning the number one position in The 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens book, created by Katherine Jaeger and myself, and issued by Whitman Publishing Company. This book has been a best seller ever since. Further, in the Guide Book of United States Coins, the Libertas Americana Medal, struck in silver or copper, is noted in the Contract Issues and Patterns section just before the Federal Issues.