LIBERTAS AMERICANA MEDAL TRIBUTE – 2 TROY OUNCE – 39MM
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The Libertas Americana medal was created under the direction of Benjamin Franklin. While stationed in France during the American Revolutionary War, Franklin received a detailed account of the Yorktown victory and was soon tasked to create a monument in its honor. Franklin responded with a proposal for a medal, rather than a monument, in which the United States would be depicted as the infant Hercules in the cradle, strangling the two serpents sent by Hera; above him, France personified as Athena (Minerva) would act as his nurse and mentor. The design became the medal’s reverse was further developed by both painter Esprit-Antoine Gibelin and engraver Augustin Dupré, each of whom furthered the design of France to also be seen as the protector of the infant as she fights the lioness Britannia who pounces at the child. The obverse iconography depicts Liberty with flowing hair. The obverse image would become the typical image of early American coinage.
- Contains 2 oz. Troy of .999 Fine Silver
- Obverse: Lady Liberty with flowing hair, facing right, a freedman’s cap atop a pole in the background. “LIBERTAS . AMERICANA .” across the upper circumference. “4 JUIL. 1776.” below.
- Reverse: The infant Hercules representing the United States being attacked by a lion representing the United Kingdom. The infant, who is shown strangling two snakes, is being protected by Athena who represents France. “NON SINE DIIS ANIMOSUS INFANS” around the upper circumference between 11 and 3. 17 19 OCT. 1777 1781 under the main scene. Hallmark along the bottom circumference.
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