“Libertas Americana” Medal
The Libertas Americana medal was designed by the noted French artist Augustin Dupré to specifications by Benjamin Franklin. It was struck in Paris, since the fledgling country had no minting facility capable of such exacting work. Franklin outlined his ideas in a letter to Robert Livingston written from Passy on March 4, 1782; his concern extended to details of the legend, which are faithfully reproduced along with the principal types on the medal itself.
Charles Wyllys Betts, American Colonial History Illustrated by Contemporary Medals, 1964 reprint (New York: Scott Stamp and Coin Company, 1964), 300, no. 615.