Sep 11 – 16, 2022
University of Warsaw
Europe/Warsaw timezone

Lady Liberty as a Symbol of United States Sovereignty

Sep 12, 2022, 2:40 PM
Old Library - Hall 115-116

Old Library - Hall 115-116


Mary N. Lannin (American Numismatic Society)


When the Coinage Act of 1792 authorized the national monetary system of the United States, Congress stipulated that “there shall be an impression emblematic of liberty” on the obverse of each coin. Immediately, those responsible for designing the coins rendered this into a female personification of the concept. Through the course of the nineteenth century, females were making headway in their rights as both individuals and as a group. During this period, the United States Mint continued to design and strike coins with allegorical images of women, essentially using them as the face of monetary sovereignty. This talk discusses the paradox of women as an allegory and as a marginalized, second-class group.

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Mary N. Lannin (American Numismatic Society)

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