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    1789 Florida Proclamation Four Reales, Fine 15
    Breen-1079, Charles IV Proclaimed King

    1789 Florida Proclamation 4 Reales Silver, Herrera-133, Grove C-58, Breen-1079, Fine 15 NGC.
    33 mm., 202.6 grains. Following the lead of Juan Estevan de Pena, who in 1760 issued Florida's first Proclamation medals, East Florida governor Manuel Vicente de Zespedes designed new medals and ordered them in both struck and cast silver format to commemorate the December 1789 ascension of King Charles IV to the Spanish throne. Some 29 years had passed since the previous Florida medals, a time in which Spain lost control of Spanish Florida to the British in 1763, only to have the territory retroceded back to Spain in 1783 under treaty.

    We sold the sole known example of a die struck silver 1789 Charles IV Proclamation medal at the 2021 FUN Partrick Platinum! auction, which realized $156,000 as lot 3905. The present medal represents a rare cast example of similar (but different) design, on a slightly irregular cast silver flan. Ample signs of circulation indicate these "medals" -- while not authorized legal tender -- were readily accepted as circulating coinage in local commerce. Accordingly, the cast silver pieces were valued prizes for the local populace during the three-day Proclamation ceremony. It is estimated fewer than ten examples survive in all grades combined.
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