1720 John Law Military Medal

Approximate Current Value: $

Diameter: 32.4 mm
Mintage/Proof: NA / NA
Weight: 10.6 grams
Metal: Silver
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History, Information, and Value of 1720 John Law Medal

Value of 1720 John Law Medal

John Law, a promoter of questionable speculative enterprises in the Americans for the French, is negatively depicted in this medal. Obverse displays an image of Law wearing a cocked hat, embroidered coat, and the badge of St. Espirit. His right hand holds a stack of billets. Around his figure states, “Mons. de Laws, Count of Tanckerville, Adviser of the King in all his Counsels, Superintendent and Comptroller General of the Finances of the Kingdom of France.” Reverse is written, “Through stocks, credit, pools, gardens, lotteries, mining shares, children, notes, as well as by alchemy, a man comes to love gold, and thereby falls into trouble, as in the year 1720, in which money being wanting, everything escaped us.”