PERU 8 ESCUDOS GOLD DOUBLOON – COB ~ NGC 53 ~ "SINGLE YEAR TYPE!" ONLY 4 TOTAL KNOWN! HAS THE HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER "2nd DATE!" EXTREMELY RARE – LITERALLY ONLY 3 (now 4 as of 6/2015) EVER CERTIFIED! THIS "PIECES OF EIGHT" IS VERY SPECIAL AND UNIQUE IN THE SENSE THAT IT IS A "SINGLE YEAR TYPE." IT'S THE ONLY YEAR THAT THE ASSAYER "CRISTOBAL MELGAREJO" EXPERIMENTED AND ALTERED BOTH SIDES OF THE GOLD COBS. ON THE FRONT (PILLAR SIDE) THE HORIZONTAL ROWS ARE SEPARATED BY "DOTS" VERSUS THE TYPICAL "LINES." ALSO, ON THE FRONT SIDE, CRISTOBAL ADDED DOTS FLANKING THE LETTERS AND NUMBERS INSIDE THE "PANELS." ON THE REVERSE (CROSS SIDE) HE ADDED 12 MORE "TEAR DROPS OR DROPS OF BLOOD DRIPPING OUT OF THE CROSS." THIS IS THE "ONLY" YEAR THIS WAS DONE (BOTH HORIZONTAL DOTS FOR ROWS & DROPS OF BLOOD), HENCE THE "SINGLE YEAR TYPE." I REFER TO THIS EXAMPLE AS THE "ORNATE TYPE." DERIVING IT'S NAME FROM THE ATYPICAL "4 POINTED ORNATE RADIANT STAR" DIE ABOVE THE "8" IN THE FRONT SIDE – CENTER PANEL, BELOW THE CROWN. THIS BRIEF RE-DESIGN WAS DONE BY VICEROY EL REY. IT'S COMMONLY BELIEVED (BY SPECIALIST IN THIS FIELD & AUTHORS) THAT THESE "BLOOD DROPS," OR THE "BLOOD CROSS" WAS MOST CERTAINLY DONE AS A COMMEMORATIVE (MEMORIAL) PIECE AND IN MOURNING FOR THE LOST OF THE 1715 PLATE FLEET LOSS, THE LARGEST IN SPAIN'S HISTORY, WITH A LARGE LOSS OF LIFE AS WELL.
This piece has the exact same toning as the PERU 1705 8 Escudos we have listed in our store as well; which is a 1715 FLEET Shipwreck coin from the “CABIN WRECK.” Many collectors believe this type of toning his toning came from the Tar that was used as a common material in ship repairs and in some of the discovered Cannons. What is undeniable about this toning is that it gives the Gold Doubloon a certain “PIRATE” look to it, a look of antiquity (which it is) and accentuates the Details of the piece (especially the ornate BLOOD TEARS), makes it looks almost as though the tears are dripping off the melted Gold!