Answering numismatic mysteries with ChatGPT!
This got me wondering what else could ChatGPT tell us about coins.
Here are answers to the locations of coins in my answer to the Do you believe mega-ultra rarities are still out there, and entirely unknown? thread.
I wonder where it's getting it's information for these, including the gold Libertas Americana at the ANS and the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris, as well as the 1964 proof Peace dollars.
Question: Where are the original two gold Libertas Americana medals?
The original two gold Libertas Americana medals are housed in the collections of the American Numismatic Society in New York City and the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris.
The Libertas Americana medal was created in 1783 by Benjamin Franklin to commemorate the role of France in the American Revolution. The medal features the image of Lady Liberty holding a pole with a Phrygian cap, a symbol of liberty, and an olive branch, representing peace. The reverse side depicts a bust of Benjamin Franklin and the date of the signing of the Treaty of Paris, which ended the war.
While the original dies used to strike the gold medals were sent to France to produce additional medals, only two gold medals were struck from the original dies. One was presented to King Louis XVI of France, and the other to the President of the Continental Congress, Thomas Mifflin. Both of these original gold medals have since been lost to history, and the surviving examples are all struck from later dies.
Question: Where are the original 1964 Peace Dollars today?
The original 1964 Peace Dollars were never released for circulation and were melted down by the US Mint.
The Peace Dollar was first issued in 1921 to commemorate the end of World War I and to symbolize peace. The design, which featured the image of Lady Liberty on the obverse and an eagle perched on a branch on the reverse, was created by sculptor Anthony de Francisci.
The Peace Dollar was minted from 1921 to 1928, and then again in 1934 and 1935. However, production of the coin was suspended in 1935 due to a glut of silver on the market and the need for the US Mint to focus on producing circulating coinage during the Great Depression and World War II.
In 1964, a small number of Peace Dollars were struck at the request of coin collectors, but these were all produced as special proof coins and were never intended for circulation. The coins were struck in small numbers and were sold to collectors by the US Mint. Any remaining unsold coins were melted down.
So, to answer your question, the original 1964 Peace Dollars were melted down, and no known examples of these coins exist outside of a few rare examples that were struck as proofs and sold to collectors.