Benjamin Franklin US half dollar - 90% 1963 half dollar - Treaty of Alliance, Treaty of Amity and Commerce Commemorative Cover Honors

Franklin's Signing of the Friendship Treaty With France
1963 half dollar, Treaty of Alliance, Treaty of Amity and Commerce

Book done by the Postal Commemorative Society

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1963 - Denver Mint
   This Commemorative Cover Honors Franklin's Signing of the Friendship Treaty With France on Feb 6, 1778, in Paris, France.
1963 half dollar, Treaty of Alliance, Treaty of Amity and Commerce, Benjamin Franklin
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Franklin's Signing of the
Friendship Treaty With France
on Feb 6, 1778, in Paris, France
   In 1778, France and the United States signed the Treaty of Amity and Commerce. This landmark document guaranteed mutual honor and support between the two nations - one old, one new - in matters of trade and human rights. The brilliant man primarily responsible for this milestone was our ambassador to France - Benjamin Franklin.

   Franklin was anxious to secure the support of France - a major world power - in the American Revolutionary War. He first proposed the Treaty in 1777, but France was initially hesitant to take such a forceful stand against Great Britian particularly because Spain, France's ally, was undecided on its position. It took all of Franklin's well-known charm, patience, and tactful persuasion to convince France to sign this vitally important treaty.

   For almost a year, Franklin subtly instilled anti-British sentiment in the minds of the French negotiators. By the beginning of 1778, France was clearly impressed by the American victory over the British at Saratoga. Then Great Britian made friendly overtures toward the U.S., offering token concessions, which Franklin adamantly refused. He would not accept peace in lieu of American independence. As he told Conrad Alexander Gerard, France's Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs, Franklin was committed to "such a reliance on the friendship of France, as to reject firmly all propositions made...of peace from England."

   France was convinced. On February 6, 1778, the U.S. and France signed both the Treaty of Amity and Commerce and the Treaty of Alliance - which guaranteed France's support of the U.S. in the event of war with Great Britian. Thanks to Franklin's painstaking efforts, France's military aid helped the U.S. win lasting peace and freedom.

   The Cover is postmarked in Paris, France on February 6, the exact anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's signing of the Friendship Treaty with France.
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