History, Information, and Value of 1784 Benjamin Franklin Natus Boston Medal
Value of 1784 Benjamin Franklin Natus Boston Medal
Benjamin Franklin is the central figure commemorated on this rare medal. Obverse features a bust of Franklin, facing to the left. The legend around his head states, “Benjamin Franklin, born at Boston Jan. 17,1706.” The reverse depicts a naked, winged genius standing in the center. As he points at the circular temple on the left a bolt of lightning strokes the temple from a cloud. The legend reads, “He snatched the thunderbolt from heaven and the scepter from tyrants” and in exergue “Aug. Dupre engraved and issued this, in the year 1784.”
The obverse and reverse text read as follows: Benj. Franklin Natus Boston XVII Jan. and MDCCVI | and | Eripuit C_lo Fulmen Sceptrumque Tyrannis; Dicavit | Aug. Dupre, Anno | MDCCLXXXIV.