Capping Liberty

The Invention of Numismatic Iconography for the New American Republic

Pierre Eugène Du Simitière (ca. 1736–1784). Goddess America

Gift of Sinclair Hamilton, Class of 1906

Pierre Eugène Du Simitière (ca. 1736–1784). Goddess America. The Pennsylvania Magazine, or American Monthly Museum 1 (January, 1775). This engraving by the Swiss artist and antiquarian resident in Philadelphia depicts the figure of Liberty in Minerva’s helmet, holding the vindicta and pileus askew and brandishing the arms of the Penn family. A cannon labeled “The Congress” sits idly to one side, and Liberty’s powder horn hangs on a tree to the right above the unused cannon balls.