Benjamin Franklin US half dollar - 90% 1958 liberty half dollar - Ambassador to France during Revolutionary War Commemorative Cover Honors

Franklin's Election to the Post of Minister to France
1958 liberty half dollar, Ambassador to France during Revolutionary War

Book done by the Postal Commemorative Society

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The Complete Benjamin Franklin U.S. Half Dollar Collection by the Postal Commemorative Society


1958 - Philadelphia Mint
   This Commemorative Cover Honors Franklin's Election to the Post of Minister to France on Sep 14, 1778 in Philadelphia, Pa.
1958 liberty half dollar, Ambassador to France during Revolutionary War, Benjamin Franklin
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Franklin's Election to the
Post of Minister to France
on Sep 14, 1778 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
   On September 14, 1778, Congress rewarded Benjamin Franklin for his patient, masterful work in securing an alliance between the U.S. and France during the Revolutionary War. Franklin was named the sole Minister of France, unseating his two fellow diplomats, John Adams and Arthur Lee. Though Franklin richly deserved his new title, this decision met with mixed reactions.

   Adams graciously stepped aside, for he and Franklin agreed that one diplomat was sufficient. Franklin once said that it was impossible to " find three people whose tempers are so good, and who like so well one another's company...and in consideration of the whole, I wish Congress would separate us."

   Unfortunately, Lee did not take well to the decision, sulking because he had long yearned for Franklin's coveted new position. Two other negotiators - Ralph Izard (in Tuscany) and William Lee (in Vienna) - were also openly resentful of Franklin's appointment. Ever the philosopher, Franklin remarked, "they that are vexed at everybody's good luck can never be happy. I take no other revenge of such enemies than to let them remain in the miserable situation in which their malignant natures have placed them."

   Ironically, the only state that did not vote for Franklin's promotion was his home state of Pennsylvania. Its Congressmen disapproved of Ben appointing his grandson, Temple, as his secretary because Temple's father, William, was a known British Loyalist. Nonetheless, Franklin enjoyed his new honor and continued to be a force in international relations.

   The historic U.S. stamp on this Cover was issued in 1978 and depicts Benjamin Franklin and King Louis XVI securing the French Alliance. The Cover is Postmarked on September 14, the exact anniversary of the day Benjamin Franklin was elected Minister to France in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1958 liberty half dollar - Ambassador to France during Revolutionary War - Benjamin Franklin Info
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