THE DESIGNThe face of the medal deplete a 70-year-old Benjamin Franklin as he might have appeared during g the deliberations of the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia in 1776. The portrait of Franklin, by sculptor Frank Casparro, was based on extensive research of sculpture and paintings by 18th century American and European artists as well as Gasparro'a own life-size limestone statue of the great statesman com� pleted in 1942 for Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin High School. To the left of Franklin is Philadelphia's Liberty Bell, inter� national symbol of freedom. Completing the design are a border of 13 stars, representing the original colonies who adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The reverse design features a stylized American eagle, holding an olive branch, superimposed on Independence Hall, site of the Second Continental Congress which voted to raise an army under Gen. Washington in 1775 and later adopted the Declaration of Independence. It was also here that Philadelphia merchants protested the Stamp Tax in 1765. patriots planned to turn back the tea ship Polly several weeks before the Boston Tea Party, signed the Articles of Confederation in 1778 and framed the Constitution in 1787. The reverse also contains the logo of Philadelphia '76, Inc., bicentennial commission for the nation's birthplace, certifying the medal's official status, THE ARTIST The official Philadelphia Bicentennial medal was created by Frank Gasparro, the nations foremost numismatic sculptor and a native of Philadelphia. The medal fulfills a life-long drean for Gasparro, who was a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts under Albert Laessle, sculptor of the 1926 Sesquicentennial medal of honor! NOTE; SHIPPING COST INCLUDES INSURANCE. ShipSaver
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