The Libertas Americana Medallion
This is a reproduction of the Libertas Americana medallion, which was produced in 1783 and presented in Princeton by Benjamin Franklin to Elias Boudinot, commemorating the designation of Princeton as the nation's capital. Considered the most elegant of all American medals. Libertas Americana ("American Liberty") celebrates America's Revolutionary War military victories, specifically the British surrenders at Saratoga (1777). Benjamin Franklin conceived the idea, as a private project to enhance Franco-American goodwill. A preliminary sketch was drawn by painter Esprit-Antoine GIblein, and the dies were engraved by Augustin Dupre. The medals were struck at the Paris Mint in 1783, with two specimens struck in gold for presentation to the King and Queen of France. A few others were struck in silver, and the rest in copper. A re-strike in limited quantities was done by the Paris Mint in 1976 to commemorate the U.S. Bicentennial. Hamilton workshops faithfully re-created the design of the original medal, the only exception being the designation "Tribute to 1783 Princeton, NJ 2008" on the front of the medal. We chose to strike the medal in nickel over copper. Each piece is signed Hamilton and numbered from 001 thru 350.