FROM THE 1715 PLATE FLEET
L72. El Peru, mint of Lima, reign of Philip V, Lima 1702 H eight escudos. A rare Lima onza, one of two recovered July 31,2015 from the wrecksite of the Fleet Almirante, Santo Cristo de San Roman. With Salvor's photo-certificate. Lustrous mint state NGC MS 64 1715 Fleet.
Real 8 partner Bob Johnson reported finding a pair of 1702 Lima onza on the Douglass Beach site on Memorial Day, 1964 in a disintegrated chest of Lima and Mexican gold cobs. (Where, oh where, have all the chests of Fleet gold gone!). One of Bob's 1702 resides nearby in a MS 61 holder. No more 1702's surfaced from the Fleet in the next half century until Queens Jewels found a pair of gems on the Corrigan's site at the end of July 2015.
This onza is struck on a large, very round planchet with a full crown and an almost perfect pillar centering. Letters and digits are bold and sharp. The crown is the old Hapsburg style crown of Carlos II, which we associate with the February 1702 Lima mintage before the new Philippus punches had arrived from Spain. Though word of Carlos' death reached Lima in early 1701, necessary design changes were slow to come. The pillar side design retains the crowned Pillars of Hercules rising from waves. Three registers are spaced across the pillars. On the top one we have L--8--H, telling us that this Lima 8 escudos was struck by assayer Francisco Hurtado. In the bottom register we have the date 7--0--2, with a very puzzling, mostly erased doubling of the O digit.
The cross side shows a boldly struck Jerusalem cross with symmetric lions and castles in its angles. The lion's manes are rendered (until 1709) as if they were the kind of long wig favored by English barristers. The legend boldly proclaims PHILIPPUS V D.G. HISPAN(ORUM)
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