(1781) Medal Libertas Americana Bronze PCGS MS62BN – SOLD


(1781) Medal Libertas Americana Bronze PCGS MS62 (brown). The Libertas Americana medal is one of the most famous and cherished of all the medals relating to American history, and it was chosen as number one of 100 Greatest American Medals And Tokens by Jaeger and Bowers. Collectors look for this iconic original copper medal as an important numismatic representation of American history in the making. Benjamin Franklin commissioned this medal to the Paris Mint to celebrate the Peace Treaty between Great Britain and the young United States while honoring as well the Franco-American friendship. He closely worked with the famous French engraver Augustin Dupré to design it, and this model served as well to inspire a few of the U.S. patterns 1792 coinage and the first U.S. 1/2 Cents issued in 1793.

This specimen represents a carefully preserved example featuring light, milk-chocolate surfaces with hints of faded red and gunmetal-blue overall. The underlying surfaces are nicely reflective and indicate careful preservation through the years. The devices are struck in extremely high relief and both sides feature a high, sharp wire edge indicating multiple blows of the medal press on which it was struck. The present example appears to be much better for the assigned grade than the NGC MS62 sold by Heritage this month (Sept 2017) Lot 3714. That example was plagued by spotting and discoloration and brought $28,800. See it here: Click

An extremely rare opportunity to acquire such a splendid exemplary in high grade and with a gorgeous striking brown patina!