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This beautiful obverse personification of Liberty was copied by Joseph Wright and other early United States Mint engravers for our earliest national coinage. The allegorical reverse is a fine example of the engraver's art. Minerva, clad in breastplate and plumed helmet, holds a shield carrying the fleur-d'lis of France. The infant Hercules kneels in the protective shadow of Minerva's shield grasping a strangled serpent in each tiny fist. The serpents represent the defeats of General Burgoyne (17 October, 1777) and Cornwallis (19 October, 1781). The British lion stands, front paws against Minerva's shield, with its tail between its legs, a sign of cowardice.