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Philip V Proclamation medals

Philip V was king from 1700 to 1746 (with a slight interruption in 1724 when he ceded the throne to his son Louis I, who died the same year).

Mexico City

A royal decree was sent to the Noble and Loyal City of Mexico directing them to proceed with proclamation ceremonies for King Philip V. In compliance with the decree, the Viceroy of Mexico City stated in a letter dated 12 March 1701 that the proclamation ceremonies would commence as soon as possible. The festivities began 4 April with more than 500,000 pesos spent on the festival.

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PV-1 Cast and Chased Silver Proclamation Medal (Stack’s Bowers NYINC Auction, January 2015, lot 1001)

Considered to be the first medal of Mexico. The prototype of this medal traces back to the 1700 Philip V proclamation of Cadiz . The obverse of the 1700 Cadiz proclamation was used to produce the obverse mold with only the final digit in the date being changed to a "1". The reverse mold was created locally in Mexico City accounting for its debasement in style and lettering. Generations of this basic casting were also used for the 1701 Medal of Veracruz below as well as the later Mexico City medal of Louis I.


According to a letter dated 15 May 1701, a number of silver medals were thrown from a platform by Lucas de Llano Salazar after oath taking ceremonies which occurred on 11 April 1701.

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PV-6 Cast Silver Proclamation Medal (Stack’s Bowers NYINC Auction, January 2015, lot 1002)