Capping Liberty

The Invention of Numismatic Iconography for the New American Republic

Thomas Jefferson and American Numismatics

Succeeding Franklin as ambassador to France from 1785 to 1789, Thomas Jefferson took over and, for the most part, completed the minting of the medals authorized by the Continental Congress. As Secretary of State from 1790 to 1793, he had primary responsibility for the establishment of the United States Mint and the production of its earliest coins.