In my numismatic diary last week I wrote:
I'm not sure who brought them, but a couple nice copies of the Libertas Americana medal were passed around the table, too.
Bill Eckberg adds:
Those were mine. Only one was a Libertas, and it was one of the new versions recently produced by the Paris Mint. I think you can still buy them for well under $50. The other was a Liberté Françoise from 1792, during the French Revolution. It is also called the Lyon Convention Medal and is considered the closest model for the 1793 United States Half Cent.
I found an image of the medal of the Heritage auction web site (below, left). Man, either the lighting was REALLY bad or I'm the dimbulb. Very similar, yes - but a Libertas Americana? No. -Editor
From the Heritage web site:
1792 French Liberté Françoise Medal. Hennin 387, Maz 318, VG 338, 39 mm. French medal, LA CONVENTION, LIBERTÉ FRANÇOISE, bell medal dated 1792 by Andre Galle, head of Liberty facing left, with flowing hair, behind her a staff topped with a Phrygian cap, L'AN I DE LA. R.F. ("first year of the French Republic"), rev. legend within wreath, A LA CONVENTION NATIONALE PAR LES ARTISTES REUNIS DE LYON-PUR METAL DU CLOCHE FRAPPE EN MDCCXCII ("To the national convention of artists from the united artists of Lyon--Pure bell metal struck in 1792."
To view the full description on the Heritage web site, see: 1792 French Liberté Françoise Medal. (coins.ha.com/common/view_item.php?Sale_No=462&Lot_No=81612)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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