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    1687 Silver Shoals Recovery Medal
    Betts-67, Silver

    Betts-67. 1687 Silver Shoals Treasure Recovery. Silver. VF, rim defect. 54.7 mm, 66.4 gm. Draped busts of King James II and Queen Mary of Modena r., reverse shows Sir William Phipps' salvage ship near sunken Spanish treasure ship Nuestra Señora de la Concepción off Santo Domingo. Exergue is inscribed NAUFRAGA REPERTA, shipwreck recovered. Legend from Roman poet Ovid, SEMPER TIBI PENDEAT HAMUS, Let thy Hook ever Hang, refers to perseverance of Phipps and his crew. The Spanish ship foundered in 1641 in relatively shallow water over the reef that came to be known as Silver Shoals, and its ribs can be seen protruding above the waves just above the exergue line of the medal. Phipps earned a knighthood and wealth from his part in the successful Concepción treasure salvage operation. Wide borders; there is an as-made defect in the inner rim at 2 o'clock. Steely toning, scattered hairlines.
    Ex: Leonard Finn (12/1983).
    From The John W. Adams Collection.


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