The family of a British town of Bishop’s Stortford found in several years opened their box the rarest coin of the beginning of XVIII century. The cost of one of 20 these coins existing in the world, held in 2012, the auction amounted to 396 thousand pounds, or 360 thousand US dollars. Ironically, the box was intended for children to play, and the coins played the role of “pirate treasure”.
How told the portal thehistoryblog.com the owner of the coin, who wished to remain anonymous, his grandfather traveled around the world and brought grandson of coins from different countries. These coins were formed in the box during games in the pirates played the role of “the treasure chest”. In the future, the British have grown up and many years the box lay idle. When the owner himself became the head of the family and found that his son to play the pirates, too, I wonder if he decided to give the treasure to him. However, after some time the father decided to show the accumulated coins to the personnel of one of the auction houses to find out whether any of them real value. As it turned out, one of the coins turned out to be a treasure without exaggeration — it was a “coin Vigo” with the value of five guineas, minted just 20 copies in the age of Queen Anne.
The gold that went into this coin, was captured from Spanish ships at the battle of Vigo Bay in October 1702 the combined British and Dutch troops. It is considered that in itself the seized gold was not as valuable as the resulting battle is a strategic advantage. However, “treasures of the Bay of Vigo” appear, in particular, in the novel of Jules Verne “20 000 leagues under the sea” as the main source of funds which captain Nemo was spending to support the struggle for justice in the world and other good deeds.
Today we know about the fate of only 15 of the 20 coins Vigo, all of them are in private collections and rarely put up for auction for 50 years, only five of them changed hands. The detected value of the coins is estimated at 200 000-250 000 pounds (243 620-304 525 USD), however if the owner decides to sell it, it is not excluded that the ultimate cost of the auction is above.