PERU 8 ESCUDOS 1699 "1715 PLATE FLEET SHIPWRECK" ~ NGC 50 ~
Charles II (Reign: 1661-1700,) which is the reason why his name could only be struck on 5 years of coins. I've never seen a 1696 and have seen only 1 1697 that is known to exist but not certified. This is THE Only 8 Escudo from the 1600's that's known on the market. C II died childless and heirless named his successor, grand nephew (Philip Duke of Anjou) when he was ONLY 16 years old (while Charles was on his death bed). This of course created the war of succession, which went from 1701-1714 and hence the incredible need for fleets to come back to Spain from the new world since it had been almost 4 years since any fleets were able to travel due to the hostile waters around Spain.
THE WAR OF SUCCESSION HAD FINALLY ENDED IN 1715 THROUGH PEACE TREATIES BETWEEN ENGLAND AND FRANCE CONFIRMING KING PHILIP Vth SUCCESSION TO THE THRONE OF SPAIN (AND RENOUNCED HIS RIGHTS TO THE FRENCH THRONE). THERE WERE ELEVEN SHIPS THAT GATHERED IN HAVANA FOR THE JOURNEY BACK TO SPAIN (TO DELIVER THE MUCH NEEDED GOLD, SILVER AND GEMS THAT FILLED THE GALLEONS, MUCH NEEDED AFTER THE WARS WHICH HAD PREVENTED PREVIOUS DELIVERIES OF TREASURE. MINTMARK "LIMA" CASTLES AND LIONS IN FOUR QUARTERS. THE POP REPORT SHOWS ONLY 5 PIECES EXIST CERTIFIED!! OF THOSE 5 PIECES ONLY 1 OTHER IS RUMORED TO HAVE THE "LARGER LIONS & CASTLES" (WHICH THIS ONE DOES) THEN THE NORMAL DIES! WHAT SEPARATES THIS PIECE FROM COUPLE OF THE OTHER 1699's (WHICH I'VE SEEN AND HAVE SCANS OF) IS THAT THERE ARE NO LARGE FLAN CRACKS! I HAVE AN IMAGE OF A NGC 64 THAT HAS A VERY LARGE CRACK AND THE DATE IS STRUCK WHERE THE "6" IS UNREADABLE. ALSO, THE "PERFECT ROUNDNESS" OF THIS PLANCHET IS UNDENIABLY SHEER PERFECTION! ADD TO THAT THE EXCELLENT CENTERING AND THE BEAUTIFUL AGED TONING (FROM 314 YEARS) AND YOU GET TO ENJOY ONE OF THE MOST MAGNIFICENT AND STUNNING PIECES EVER STRUCK! THIS COB- DOUBLOON IS SURE TO BE A CENTERPIECE OF ANY TREASURE COLLECTOR!
COMPS: THE 1699 "ELIASBERG" SPECIMEN NGC 55 BROUGHT $14,325 IN 2005 (8 YEARS AGO).
OFFERED AT: $32,500