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(Philip V 1700-1747)




M73.  Viceroyalty of Nueva Espana, Mexico City 1711 MXo J two escudos.  Cross Fleury design of 1711-13.  Choice mint state with beautiful golden color.  NGC 1711 MS 63 1715 Fleet. Very rare: one of three known to our census. Tied for the finest seen by either service.  Found July, 2015 on the Corrigan's site with salvor's certificate.   SOLD   

At the beginning of 1711 the office of tallador mayor (chief die sinker) passed to the very wealthy Don Pedro Sanchez de Tagle, 2nd Marquis of Altamira. Apparently Altamira was inclined to some design changes. The Bourbon shield of Philip could not be touched without royal approval, but the Box-end cross design that had been used throughout the reign of the previous virrey, a man Altamira hated, was unceremoniously dumped.  In its place appeared two designs without precedent in Mexican or Spanish coinage. Here we have the Cross Fleury, or Cross with Crosslets, design that lasted 3 years (1711-13).

No examples of the regular Cross Fleury coinage were known to scholars before the salvages of the 1715 Fleet. No examples of 1711 two escudos were known before the Queens Jewels' find last July. General Ribera's flota sailed in January of 1712 with a significant pprtion of the 1711 coinage. None of his ships were lost, and the next fleet to sail was Ubilla's fleet of 1715. For numismatists, it is fortunate that a few 1711 escudos sat in Mexico for four years waiting for the next fleet.