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Artist: Augustin Dupré, French, 1748 - 1833
Mint: Paris

“Libertas Americana” Medal

1782

Silver

54.59 gm, 12:00, 48 mm
Transfer from the Yale University Library, Numismatic Collection, 2001, Bequest of the Charles Wyllys Betts, B.A. 1867, M.A. 1871, Collection
2001.87.1793

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<P dir=ltr align=left>The <EM>Libertas Americana</EM> 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.</P></SPAN>

Geography: 
Made in Paris, France
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Coins and medals
Status: 
On view
Bibliography: 

Charles Wyllys Betts, American Colonial History Illustrated by Contemporary Medals, 1964 reprint (New York: Scott Stamp and Coin Company, 1964), 300, no. 615.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.

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