101854 | FRANCE. SS Liberté Art Deco bronze Medal.

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    101854  |  FRANCE. SS Liberté Art Deco bronze Medal. Issued circa 1950. Commemorating the transatlantic ocean liner (50mm, 48.07 g, 12h). By J. Vernon at Arthus-Bertrand in Paris.

     

    Semi-nude Venus-Libertas, with head left and broken chains on wrists, standing facing on clamshell; inward-facing dolphin to left and right / COMPAGNIE / GÉNÉRALE / TRANSATLANTIQVE, SS Europa (later Liberté) sailing left; in three lines in exergue, «LIBERTÉ» / LE HAVRE • NEW YORK / French Line. Edge: «triangle» BRONZE.

     

    Maier –. Choice Mint State. Deep olive-brown surfaces, with some lighter highlights.

     

    This Art Deco inspiration celebrates the SS Europa, later named the SS Liberté. She was captured as a war prize by the allies over Nazi Germany during WWII, then added to the French fleet where she was used as a transatlantic passenger ship until being scrapped in 1963.