Gold is rare in England. In 1703 the metal seized in Vigo is used to mint coins with the effigy of Queen Anne. The largest denomination is the five guineas, a superb achievement weighing more than 40 grams. Its total population is estimated at 20 units in two variants differentiated by the position of the word VIGO centered under the bust or offset under the shoulder. The VIGO beneath shoulder is the rarer.
On February 9, 2016, St. James's sold for £ 275K before fees an example in very good condition of the VIGO beneath shoulder, graded AU55 by PCGS.
Another coin VIGO beneath shoulder has just been resurfaced by an individual from a "pirate treasure" that had been constituted for him many years ago by his grandfather who had been a lover of travels and coins. It is estimated in excess of £ 200K for sale by Boningtons in Epping (Essex) on November 16, lot 116.
SOLD for £ 225K before fees