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Limited to: The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection: Part 13 The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection of Betts Medals, Part I: Medals Illustrative of Early American History The John Law Medals, 1720 - 1721
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Categories  •  Stack's January 2006 The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection: Part 13 The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection of Betts Medals, Part I: Medals Illustrative of Early American History The John Law Medals, 1720 - 1721
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Lot # Description GradeView our Explanation of Comparative Grading Hammer Price
581 John Law. Louisiana Is Both a Bank and a Mint, 1720. Betts 114, Betts II. CH AU $7,000.00
John Law. Louisiana Is Both a Bank and a Mint, 1720. Betts 114, Betts II. Unsigned. Silver. 44.3 mm....
Unsigned. Silver. 44.3 mm. 462.8 gns. Obverse: John Law standing at the mouth of a cave in which rants a personification of Envy. Law holds a scroll on which is found the word LOVISIANA, the others carefully ground off and replaced by a random series of annulets. Reverse: An inscribed dialogue between Law and Envy in 21 lines. The legends on both sides proclaim the worth of Law's Mississippi...  more
582 John Law. Louisiana Is Both a Bank and a Mint, 1720. B.114, B.II. AU $5,500.00
John Law. Louisiana Is Both a Bank and a Mint, 1720. B.114, B.II. Unsigned. Tin. 44.3 mm. 405.9 gns....
Unsigned. Tin. 44.3 mm. 405.9 gns. Obverse: John Law standing at the mouth of a cave in which rants a personification of Envy. Law holds a scroll on which is found the word LOVISIANA and a reference to the value of the land therein. Reverse: An inscribed dialogue between Law and Envy in 21 lines. A second example of the type. About Uncirculated. Nice, medium gray color with considerable...  more
583 John Law. Credit Is As Dead As A Rat, 1701. B.115, var; B.XXVI. VF $350.00
John Law. Credit Is As Dead As A Rat, 1701. B.115, var; B.XXVI. Unsigned. Silver. 26.2 mm. 109.8 gns....
Unsigned. Silver. 26.2 mm. 109.8 gns. Obverse: A man dead on the ground his wallet of now worthless letters of credit lying beside him inscribed WEXEL|BRIEFE. Reverse: An empty suit of clothes seen from behind with date 1701 on the waist. Very Fine. Silver gray toning with some iridescence. The types and legends refer to a drying up of credit and some sort of replacement fraud (''Now...  more
584 John Law. Credit Is As Dead As A Rat, 1701/Jeremiah VI, 14, 1736. B-unlisted; B CH VF $700.00
John Law. Credit Is As Dead As A Rat, 1701/Jeremiah VI, 14, 1736. B-unlisted; B. XXVIII.  Unsigned....
XXVIII. Unsigned. Copper, bronzed. 26.3 mm. 114.0 gns. Obverse: An empty suit of clothes seen from behind with date 1701 on the waist. Reverse: An inscription recalling Jeremiah VI, 14, urging justice, and apparently valuing the piece at two groschen with the date 1736 in chronogram. Choice Very Fine. Rims as made. Old collector's identification inked on obverse. From the same obverse...  more
585 John Law. Credit Is As Dead As A Rat, 1707. B-unlisted, B.XXXI. CH VF $500.00
John Law. Credit Is As Dead As A Rat, 1707. B-unlisted, B.XXXI. Unsigned. Silver. 27.0 mm. 109.8 gns....
Unsigned. Silver. 27.0 mm. 109.8 gns. Obverse: A man lying dead clutching a wallet of letters of exchange and a caduceus, both of no use to him any more. Yet another obverse die in this lengthy series. There are no rocks on any of these dead man medals. Reverse: Inscriptions of some ambiguity at their beginning and end, the rest pleading if only I had more money and money is the watchword....  more
586 John Law. Credit Is As Dead As A Rat, 1699. B-unlisted (obverse of 116) CH EF $700.00
John Law. Credit Is As Dead As A Rat, 1699. B-unlisted (obverse of 116);  B-unlisted (obverse of XXV)....
B-unlisted (obverse of XXV). Unsigned. Silver. 26.3 mm. 107.8 gns. Obverse: A man dead on the ground his wallet of now worthless letters of credit lying beside him inscribed WEXEL. Reverse: An empty suit of clothes seen from behind with date 1699 (MDCIC) on the waist. Choice Extremely Fine. Bright surfaces, light toning. This reverse not in either Betts but clearly one of the larger...  more
587 John Law. The Mississippi Company, 1720 and 1721. B.117, B.XVII. EF to AU $3,000.00
John Law. The Mississippi Company, 1720 and 1721. B.117, B.XVII. Unsigned. Tin. 43.8 mm. 349.3 gns....
Unsigned. Tin. 43.8 mm. 349.3 gns. Obverse: Facing bust of John Law, dates in chronograms (same die as B.132). Reverse: Inscription in 13 lines with MISSISSIPPI in the first. The inscriptions are complex but, in brief, compare Law to a barbarian raiding civilized society and proclaim the bankruptcy of his Mississippi scheme. Extremely Fine to About Uncirculated. Good, bright color. Obverse...  more
588 John Law. Who Will Buy Shares, 1720. B.118, B.XXII. CH EF $1,700.00
John Law. Who Will Buy Shares, 1720. B.118, B.XXII. Unsigned (by Christian Wermuth). Silver. 34.5...
Unsigned (by Christian Wermuth). Silver. 34.5 mm. 221.3 gns. Obverse: Law blowing share certificates in the wind while he hawks his wares. Reverse: The dog from Aesop's fable who lost his dinner when he grasped after its reflection in a stream. The inscriptions warn the viewer to be cautious with his money and not follow illusory schemes. Choice Extremely Fine. Light silver gray with...  more
589 John Law. Who Will Buy Shares, 1720. B.118, B.XXII. EF $1,200.00
John Law. Who Will Buy Shares, 1720. B.118, B.XXII. Unsigned (by Christian Wermuth). Silver. 34.5...
Unsigned (by Christian Wermuth). Silver. 34.5 mm. 281.6 gns. A second example. Extremely Fine. Good, rich silver color with some iridescence. Rims as made. From the same dies as the preceding.
590 John Law. Who Will Buy Shares, 1720. B.118, B.XXII. CH VF $1,300.00
John Law. Who Will Buy Shares, 1720. B.118, B.XXII. Unsigned (by Christian Wermuth). Silver. 34.4...
Unsigned (by Christian Wermuth). Silver. 34.4 mm. 281.4 gns. A third example. Choice Very Fine. Light gray color with nice iridescence. Rims as made. From the same dies as the preceding two and the next.
591 John Law. Who Will Buy Shares, 1720. B.118, B.XXII. VF $1,000.00
John Law. Who Will Buy Shares, 1720. B.118, B.XXII. Unsigned (by Christian Wermuth). Silver. 34.5...
Unsigned (by Christian Wermuth). Silver. 34.5 mm. 270.9 gns. A fourth example. Very Fine. Deep gray color. Rims as made. From the same dies as the preceding three.
592 John Law. The Mississippi Minter, 1720. B.119, B.XIII. VF $1,200.00
John Law. The Mississippi Minter, 1720. B.119, B.XIII. Unsigned. Silver. 32.2 mm. 167.8 gns. Obverse...
Unsigned. Silver. 32.2 mm. 167.8 gns. Obverse and reverse: Inscriptions, the former naming Law a Mississippian and a most devious merchant and money maker. The term used for the last, ''monetarius'', can also refer to Law's role as de facto mintmaster general in France from 1719 to 1720, when his company had the legal right to strike coins for the realm, the profits going into its own...  more
593 John Law. The Mississippi Minter, 1720. B.119, B.XIII. CH AU $1,800.00
John Law. The Mississippi Minter, 1720. B.119, B.XIII. Unsigned. Tin. 32.3 mm. 194.4 gns. Same types...
Unsigned. Tin. 32.3 mm. 194.4 gns. Same types and dies as the preceding. Choice About Uncirculated. Minor marks, trivial pest.
594 John Law. Money's the Watchword/Easy Come, Easy Go, n.d. B.120, B.XXXII. CH AU $2,800.00
John Law. Money's the Watchword/Easy Come, Easy Go, n.d. B.120, B.XXXII. Unsigned. Silver. 38.0 mm....
Unsigned. Silver. 38.0 mm. 220.1 gns. Choice About Uncirculated. Obverse: two guards exchanging the password. Reverse: A merchant holding up a torn moneybag. The obverse inscription uses the German word ''Losung'' which has the sense of opening or easing a path. The bag of gold held by one of the watchmen is the same one now torn seen on the back. The reverse inscription can also mean...  more
595 John Law. Money's the Watchword/Easy Come, Easy Go, n.d. B.120, B.XXXII. CH EF $2,600.00
John Law. Money's the Watchword/Easy Come, Easy Go, n.d. B.120, B.XXXII. Unsigned. Silver. 37.9 mm....
Unsigned. Silver. 37.9 mm. 233.6 gns. A second example. Choice Extremely Fine. Rich silver gray with light russet toning and reflective surfaces. There is nothing in particular that militates for this being a John Law medal. That it shares a legend (GELD IST DIE LOSUNG) with B.XXXI dated 1707 and that the latter shares an obverse type dated 1699-1702 suggests that B.XXXII refers to an...  more
596 John Law. Parisian West Indian Louisiana Company, 1720. B.121, B.IX. CH AU $3,000.00
John Law. Parisian West Indian Louisiana Company, 1720. B.121, B.IX. Obverse and reverse with 13 line...
Obverse and reverse with 13 line inscription. Unsigned. Tin. 26.2 mm. 106.9 gns. Obverse: Inscription stating the value of a share in the Parisian West Indian Louisiana Company (i.e., John Law's Mississippi Scheme) in 1717 as 500 livres but in 1720 at only 50. The inscription curving around the rim states that although the shares cannot be confiscated (unlike gold and silver coins, which...  more
597 John Law. The World Delights in Being Deceived, 1720. B.123, B.IV. AU $4,500.00
John Law. The World Delights in Being Deceived, 1720. B.123, B.IV. Unsigned. Silver. 32.3 mm. 168.7...
Unsigned. Silver. 32.3 mm. 168.7 gns. Obverse: Law's half-length figure. Reverse: Inscription in 13 lines of doggerel Latin and Dutch verse. About Uncirculated. From the same obverse die as B.VI (see next lot). This, Betts 122 and Betts 124, share the same obverse. The obverse type is a well designed bust of Law and names him Comte de Tanckerville and recites his other civil accomplishments....  more
598 John Law. The Year of Want, 1720. B.124, B.VI. CH EF $5,000.00
John Law. The Year of Want, 1720. B.124, B.VI. Unsigned. Silver. 32.3 mm. 163.2 gns. Obverse: Law's...
Unsigned. Silver. 32.3 mm. 163.2 gns. Obverse: Law's half-length figure (same die as the preceding). Reverse: Inscription in 15 lines of doggerel Latin and Dutch verse, date in chronogram. Choice Extremely Fine. Neither C. Wyllys nor Benjamin Betts had seen a copy of this medal and both relied on Alexi's description for their own. This would explain how they both published LIB'ROS for...  more
599 Louis XV. The Avenger of Fraud, 1716. B.125, B.I. AU $4,000.00
Louis XV. The Avenger of Fraud, 1716. B.125, B.I. Obverse signed I.LE.BLANC.F on truncation; reverse...
Obverse signed I.LE.BLANC.F on truncation; reverse signed D.V. (Du Vivier) in right field. Silver. 41.2 mm. 547.7 gns. Obverse: The youthful bust of Louis XV. Reverse: Hercules about to bludgeon the thief Cacus who had stolen his cows. The reverse is dated 1716 and notes its authority, the Chambre de Justice. On this medal, which Benjamin Betts correctly listed as the first, the reform...  more
600 Louis XV. The Avenger of Fraud, 1716. B-unlisted, B-unlisted VF $1,300.00
Louis XV. The Avenger of Fraud, 1716. B-unlisted, B-unlisted. Obverse signed DU VIVIER on truncation;...
Obverse signed DU VIVIER on truncation; reverse signed D.V. (Du Vivier) in the right field. Silver. 41.6 mm. 499.7 gns. Obverse: Tall bust of adolescent Louis XV. LUDOVICUS XV. REX CHRISTIANISS. Reverse: Hercules and the thief Cacus (the die of B.125). Edge engraved M.D.M.L.A.N.B. 11 SEPTEMBRE 1786 within parallel guide lines. The obverse in neither Betts, the reverse the same die seen...  more
601 Louis XV. The Avenger of Fraud, 1716. B-unlisted, B-unlisted EF $3,250.00
Louis XV. The Avenger of Fraud, 1716. B-unlisted, B-unlisted. Obverse signed I.LE BLANC.F. in field...
Obverse signed I.LE BLANC.F. in field below bust; reverse signed D.V. (Du Vivier) in right field. Bronze. 41.5 mm. 545.5 gns. Obverse: Child's bust of Louis XV. LUD. XV. D.G. FR. ET. NAV. REX. Reverse: Hercules and the thief Cacus (the die of B.125). The obverse in neither Betts, the reverse the same die seen on the preceding two but in an even later state. Extremely Fine. Rich brown...  more
602 Philippe, Duc d'Orleans. The Avenger of Fraud, 1716. B-unlisted, B-unlisted CH EF $300.00
Philippe, Duc d'Orleans. The Avenger of Fraud, 1716. B-unlisted, B-unlisted. Obverse signed DU VIVIER....
Obverse signed DU VIVIER. in field below bust; reverse signed D.V. (Du Vivier) in right field. Yellow bronze. 41.7 mm. 517.3 gns. Obverse: Bust of the Regent. PHILIPPUS DUX AURELIANENS. FR. ET NAV. REGENS. Reverse: Hercules and the thief Cacus (the die of B.125). The obverse in neither Betts and showing several rim breaks, the reverse the same die seen on the preceding two but in an...  more
603 John Law. Nummus ubi loquitur, 1714/1720. B.126, B.XXIV. CH EF $5,500.00
John Law. Nummus ubi loquitur, 1714/1720. B.126, B.XXIV. Unsigned. Silver. 32.2 mm. 158.7 gns. Obverse:...
Unsigned. Silver. 32.2 mm. 158.7 gns. Obverse: Happy man smoking money and defecating same, the latter sprouting wings and flying away. The inscription suggests the cash is better in circulation than retained. Date in chronogram 1714. Reverse: Seven line inscription praising Law for making wealth from interest, the legend around exhorting the reader to see the great things Law does for...  more
604 John Law. Nummus ubi loquitur, 1714. B.127, B.XXIII. CH VF $4,500.00
John Law. Nummus ubi loquitur, 1714. B.127, B.XXIII. Unsigned. Silver. 32.3 mm. 162.0 gns. Obverse:...
Unsigned. Silver. 32.3 mm. 162.0 gns. Obverse: Happy man smoking money and defecating same, the latter sprouting wings and flying away (the same die as B.126). The inscription suggests the cash is better in circulation than retained. Date in chronogram 1714. Reverse: Four line inscription of ambiguous import suggesting the necessity of wise discrimination (DISTINGUENDUM, not DISTINGVENDVM)....  more
605 John Law. From Riches To Ruin, 1720. B.128, B.XXI. UNC $12,000.00
John Law. From Riches To Ruin, 1720. B.128, B.XXI. Unsigned. Silver. 40.7 mm. 349.0 gns. Obverse:...
Unsigned. Silver. 40.7 mm. 349.0 gns. Obverse: Speculator overestimating the value of his paper money which he has bought with coins from the money chest behind him. Reverse: the same hanged to a tree as two of his fellows run about in despair and a third casts himself into a river. Uncirculated, nearly Gem. The legends, as might be expected from the types, underline the message about the perils...  more
606 Through Skill All is Won, By Bad Luck All is Lost, n.d. B.129, B.XXXV. CH VF $750.00
Through Skill All is Won, By Bad Luck All is Lost, n.d. B.129, B.XXXV. Unsigned. Silver. 27.6 mm....
Unsigned. Silver. 27.6 mm. 123.0 gns. Obverse: A standing man in court dress holding a bag of money. Reverse: A woman in formal dress, crucifix around her neck, holding her face to a handkerchief and leaning that arm on a table beside her. Choice Very Fine. Neither Betts had seen an example of this medal so the mistakes in their descriptions are understandable. The man on the obverse...  more
607 Through Skill All is Won, By Bad Luck All is Lost, n.d. Types of B.129, B.XXXV. CH EF $450.00
Through Skill All is Won, By Bad Luck All is Lost, n.d. Types of B.129, B.XXXV. Unsigned. Silver....
Unsigned. Silver. 34.3 mm. 210.0 gns. Obverse and reverse types as the preceding but not described on this size. Same dies as the piece to follow. Choice Extremely Fine. Flan flawed.
608 Through Skill All is Won, By Bad Luck All is Lost, n.d. Types of B.129, B.XXXV. EF $450.00
Through Skill All is Won, By Bad Luck All is Lost, n.d. Types of B.129, B.XXXV. Unsigned. Silver....
Unsigned. Silver. 35.7 mm. 223.3 gns. A second. Obverse and reverse types and dies as the preceding. Extremely Fine. Fields tooled in places.
609 John Law. Les Richesses des France, 1720. B.130, B.III. (see below) $2,200.00
John Law. Les Richesses des France, 1720. B.130, B.III. Unsigned. Silver. 32.2 mm. 168.2 gns. Obverse:...
Unsigned. Silver. 32.2 mm. 168.2 gns. Obverse: Law's bank (Banco) as a windmill supported on trade and money, its sails powered by a stream of Louis d'ors, creates paper money and shares. C. Wyllys Betts has the other two sails creating coins and objets de virtu whereas Benjamin has these drawn into the sails. Date 1720 in exergue. Reverse: Seven line inscription praising Law for making...  more
610 John Law. Les Richesses des France, 1720. B.130, B.III. EF $1,800.00
John Law. Les Richesses des France, 1720. B.130, B.III. Unsigned. Tin. 32.2 mm. 182.5 gns. Types as...
Unsigned. Tin. 32.2 mm. 182.5 gns. Types as the preceding and from the same dies. Extremely Fine. Minor problems.
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