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1781 Libertas Americana Medal NGC AU53

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Hey guys! I was blessed this morning enough to have this piece in front of me and was able to take some photographs. This coin was featured on the cover of the "100 Greatest American Medals" book that was recently published. This medal was designed by Benjamin Franklin and engraved by French engravers.



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I love the image: France as Athena protects the young American Hercules (strangling the snakes in his cradle) from the British leopard. "Not without the Goddess is the child so strong." Snakes, yes, but I don't recall any leopards at the cradle in the Hercules myth...

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