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Stacks Bowers Galleries Presents an Homage to Franklin and Dupre Illustrated by the Cardinal Collection – A Multi-Million Dollar Display

by Stacks Bowers Galleries

Published on August 7, 2021

One of the Libertas Americana Medals that Benjamin Franklin Received on April 4th, 1783.
One of the Libertas Americana Medals that Benjamin Franklin Received on April 4th, 1783.


Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be hosting an impressive display at the August 2021 World’s Fair of Money Convention in Chicago, August 9-13, 2021 at their bourse table 201/300.


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Costa Mesa, CA -- Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be hosting an impressive display at the August 2021 World’s Fair of Money Convention in Chicago, August 9-13, 2021 at their bourse table 201/300. It will showcase the historical importance of the Libertas Americana medal and will feature two original Libertas Americana medals that Benjamin Franklin received on April 4th, 1783, each bearing the earliest die state. Due to their early state, it is certain that Franklin presented them to the highest VIPs of the day. Accompanying the exhibit are astonishing artifacts not seen for more than 200 years.

Following the decisive victories at Saratoga and Yorktown, Benjamin Franklin wrote to United States Secretary of Foreign Affairs Robert Livingston: “This puts me in mind of a medal I have had a mind to strike ... representing the United States by the figure of an infant Hercules in his cradle, strangling the two serpents; and France by that of Minerva, sitting by as his nurse, with her spear and helmet, and her robe specked by a few ‘fleurs-de-lis.’” Franklin’s vision of Liberty, in concert with the work of master engraver Augustin Dupre, resulted in the beautiful Libertas Americana Medal produced in 1783. This medal struck a chord with the people and nations of the world, and ultimately became the inspiration for the Flowing Hair Liberty coinage of the first U.S. Mint. Not surprisingly, it has remained the unanimous choice for the Number 1 spot among the 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens.

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries world renown expert staff will be available at Table 201/300 for consultation in all areas of numismatics for those attending the show. The firm’s impressive auction, featuring over 13,000 lots of United States coins, paper money, tokens and medals, ancient and world coins and world paper money, will be available for viewing by appointment. Please send inquires to info@stacksbowers.com.

About Stack's Bowers Galleries

Stack's Bowers Galleries conducts live, Internet and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company's 85-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block — The D. Brent Pogue Collection, The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Joel R. Anderson Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Pinnacle Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, and The Thos. H. Law Collection.

The company is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, with offices in New York, Wolfeboro, Hong Kong, and Paris. Stack's Bowers Galleries is an Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic conventions, including American Numismatic Association events, the New York International Numismatic Convention, the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring, Summer and Winter Expos, and its April and August Hong Kong Auctions.



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