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British 1703 coin sells at world-record price

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A 300-year-old British coin has sold at auction for a world-record price of £845,000.

The five guinea 'Vigo' coin dates to 1703 and was made using gold seized by the British from a Spanish treasure ship at the Battle of Vigo Bay.

Just 20 of the coins were struck, in celebration of the victory, and they are now among the most collectable pieces of coinage in the world.

The Queen Anne Vigo coin was sold by London auctioneers Baldwin's of St. James's.

It was eventually bought by a phone bidder for a hammer price of £703,000. With fees added on the total price paid for it was £845,000.


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Captain Risky

Wow, now that would a great find. 

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