27 mm; 8.47 gms. Ferdinand VII (1808-33). This strange and apparently unpublished piece posses many interesting questions. The obverse legend purports to read "ECUA" (ECUADOR)/ "GUa.A" (GUATAQUIL)/ "ED" or "EO" (monogram) "813" (1813). There also appears to be a snake slithering left above (also associated with the city of Guayaquil). The reverse legend is a bit less straight forward. It begins with L.S.J.Q (unknown letters representing some sort of abbreviation)/ "PROC" (proclamation) with water lines below as found in the arms of Guayaquil. One has to assume that the date of 1813 is not the actual date the medal was struck. More likely, it makes direct reference to the Treaty of Valencay which allowed Ferdinand VII to return to Spain and be recognized as king, hence the issuance of a proclamation medal. One of the earliest numismatic items of Ecuador, EXTREMELY RARE, possibly unique, this is the only example we have knowledge of. Accompanied with an old A. H. Baldwin & Sons, LTD coin envelope and ticket. Toned.