Liberty and Sunshine

A nice example of the  use of sun/light/rays imagery used in conjunction with the theme of freedom in a non-racialized context.  I particularly like the cock (rooster) used to as a symbol (I believe) of the ‘dawn’ of a new era’ Also rather fun classical reception generally.  Product of Boulton’s mint.


Illustrated type in trade, but for academic reference specimen in BMAG (1885 N 1536.97) discussed Mason 2009:92-93.

Great online exhibition on images of liberty on early American coinage:

French Neo Classical explanation of the iconography, Thanks Delafosse!


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