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    1789 Florida Proclamation Four Reales, AU58
    The Only Confirmed Die-Struck Silver Example
    Charles IV Proclaimed King

    1789 Florida Proclamation 4 Reales, AU58 NGC. Herrera-133, Grove C-58, Breen-1079. 32.9 mm., 212 grains. Reeded edge. The draped bust of Charles IV faces to the right with the legend CAROLUS IV D. G. HISPAN. REX. (Charles IV by the Grace of God King of Spain.) The reverse has the Castilian emblems of a small castle at the top and a lion at the bottom, and a six-petal jasmine flower at the center, according to "The 1789 Saint Augustine Celebration" in The Florida Historical Quarterly (April 1960). The reverse carries the inscription LA FLORa: ORIENTAL PER ZESPEDs PROCLAM:tus 1789. The translation is "Proclaimed Throughout East Florida by Zespedes." The Ford cataloger suggested that this proclamation medal is unique as a die-struck silver example, having heard of no others.

    East Florida governor Manuel Vicente de Zespedes designed these medals and ordered them in both struck and cast silver to commemorate a December 1789 celebration of King Charles IV ascending the throne. John W. Adams writes in "The Florida Proclamation Medal of 1789" that appeared in The Medal Cabinet (Summer 2000): "Any governmental unit in any Spanish possession was eligible to issue a proclamation. Those that did a) wanted to curry favor with the new king and b) had the money to do so."

    This silver example was die-struck on a cast silver planchet that was the same diameter as the medal itself. Adams observes that this piece: "Is struck on a cast flan sized exactly to the design, which includes a well-articulated rim and a reeded/ornamented edge." Strong detail is sharper than any known cast silver example. There are four versions of these medals: die-struck silver as offered here; cast silver; recast silver (a cast of a cast); and recast bronze. The recast pieces were made using a mold created from a cast example.
    Ex: Henry Christensen (9/1967), lot 458; John J. Ford, Jr. Collection (Stack's, 1/2006), lot 660; Donald G. Partrick.


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