B.615. Obverse: Liberty faces left with pole and cap
behind her, the inspiration for the 1793 U.S. half cent
obverse. Reverse: France defends toddler America from
the English lion. The three dates on the medal refer
to the Declaration of Independence (4 JUIL. 1776) and
the U.S. military victories at Saratoga (17 OCT. 1777)
and Yorktown (19 OCT. 1781). From the original dies.
The medal was commissioned and distributed by Benjamin
Franklin, engraved by Augustin Dupre, and struck at
the Paris Mint. The present specimen , so nice, clean
and smooth cheek, wonderfully struck. Glorious and undervalued
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