The latest addition to the Newman Numismatic Portal is Thomas Jefferson's 1787 Comitia Americana medal list. Project Coordinator Len Augsburger provided the following report.
Thomas Jefferson's Comitia Americana List Available on NNP
Courtesy of Roger Burdette, we have added a 1787 Jefferson memorandum that details the Comitia Americana medal set. Located in the Jefferson papers at the Library of Congress, the document appears new to this writer; although a sharp-eyed E-Sylum reader may likely note otherwise. In any case, Jefferson's Memorandum summarizes congressional resolutions for individual medals and describes the designs and mottos. Two medals from the Adams-Bentley list are unnoted, namely the Henry Lee and Diplomatic medals. The description for the FRANKLIN NATUS BOSTON medal indicates that COMITIA AMERICANA resides in the reverse exergue; on known examples it does not. Jefferson refers to the Libertas Americana as the
Declaration of Independence medal and does not identify
Libertas Americana as the obverse legend. Other discrepancies likely exist, and this document is worthy of further study.
Image: Libertas Americana medal in silver, PCGS CoinFacts plate image, courtesy of PCGS.
Link to Memorandum on Medals for George Washington, et al on NNP
Link to Library of Congress catalog record and document images:
What a great find! Interesting and important.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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