Auction Closing: July 24, 2021 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Lot Number: 186
Estimate Range: $1,200 - $1,600
1783 Libertas Americana French Peace of Versailles Medal also known as the “French Libertas Americana” Medal

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1783 Peace of Versailles Medal, Struck in White Metal, also known as the “French Libertas Americana” Medal. Betts-608. Genuine Original. PCGS graded About Uncirculated-55.

Betts 608. Known as the “French Libertas Americana” medal, the counterpart to America’s own. This is one of the most popular of all the so-called Betts medals. The Peace of Versailles, ending the Revolutionary War, was signed on September 3, 1783. This medal is closely related to the famous Libertas Americana medal, Betts-615, and bears that inscription on the obverse together with a depiction of Louis XVI pointing to a shield bearing America’s 13 bars hung by Liberty on a pillar. The reverse bears the inscription COMMVNI CONSENSV showing Athena holding a spear growing into an olive tree and a ribbon linking the shields of France, Britain, Spain and Holland. This example exhibits medium silver-gray surfaces with some reflective fields. There are only a few minor scattered rim edge nicks and pitting with traces of original silver luster in some recess areas. All details are sharp and clear. This current piece being a nice example of this highly collectible and popular 1783 American Revolutionary War era medal.