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The E-Sylum:  Volume 2, Number 17, April 25, 1999, Article 4

LIBERTAS AMERICANA   

    From the March, 1783 issue of the Gentleman's Magazine of  
    London:  "In commemoration of the American war, and the  
    independence of America that succeeded it, Dr. Franklin has  
    caused a medal to be struck.  It represents Hercules in his  
    cradle, strangling two serpents; a leopard, amazed at his  
    strength, is about to fall upon him; he is repulsed by France,  
    who, under the figure of Minerva, turns her shield, on which  
    are three fleurs de lis, towards him.  At bottom are the years  
    1777 and 1781, epochs of the capitulations of the armies of  
    Burgoyne and Cornwallis, represented by the two serpents.  
    On the other side is Liberty, emblematically portrayed by a  
    fine woman; and in the exurgue, Libertas Americana."  

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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