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

“Libertas Americana” Medal

1782

Silver

54.59 g, 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

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.

Geography: 
Made in Paris, France, France
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Numismatics
Provenance: 

Charles Wyllys Betts, to about 1887; Yale University Library, New Haven, Conn., from about 1887 to 2001; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

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.