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Lot 116 - Fine Art & Antiques

An Extremely Rare Queen Anne 'Vigo' Five Guinea Gold Coin:
"Vigo" beneath shoulder variant, as in The Royal Mint Sir Isaac Newton room example, with cross patee stop to the edge, with title "Decus Et Tutamen Anno Regni Secundo", weight 41.9 grams. Note: The coin is one of only twenty made from the 7.5lbs of gold seized from Spanish treasure ships by the British in Vigo Bay, northern Spain, on 23rd October, 1702. The British fleet had failed in its attempt to take Cadiz but managed to seize gold and silver from Franco-Spanish treasure ships coming back from America. Struck the following year, the coins were made as part of an attempt to detract attention from the British failure at Cadiz, highlighting instead the haul of treasure they seized on their way home. The treasure was delivered with full pageantry through London and received at the Royal Mint by the Master of the Mint, Sir Isaac Newton. This coin is only the sixth example to be offered for sale in the last 50 years.

Fine Art & Antiques

Auction Date : 2016-11-16

Starts from: £ 200000

Hammer Price : £225000

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