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    1745 Lima Treasure Captured, XF-AU
    Betts-381, Bronze

    Betts-381. 1745 Lima Treasure Captured. Bronze. XF-AU. 37.1 mm, 17.7 gm. Engraved by John Kirk (1724-76), a student of James Anthony Dassier, who died in London. The foreground on the obverse depicts a rowboat along with three ships of war, the Lewis Erasmus, Prince Frederick, and Marquis D'Antin, while a chase between two ships involves the Notre Dame and the Duke. Meanwhile, the reverse illustrates two medallions being held side by side by two infant Fames. One of the medallions features a bust of Iac. Talbot and the other Ioha. Morecock. Below, a treasure wagon numbered 44 disappears at the left, followed by one numbered 45. The medal commemorates battle and capture off South America by English privateers Talbot in the Prince Frederick and Morecock in the Duke of the three Spanish ships carrying approximately $4 million in specie. Traces of original color appear on this wonderful, well-struck example.
    Ex: Glendining (3/1989), lot 539.
    From The John W. Adams Collection.


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