Gorringes have set what is thought to be a record price for a coin in the UK provinces, taking £240,000 for a gold Queen Anne Vigo Five Guineas of 1703 at their sale in Lewes last month.
The coin was brought in to the firm's
Tunbridge Wells office along with a number of other more
run-of-the-mill pieces by a longstanding client. Director Leslie
Gillham immediately recognised it but brought in a second opinion
to make sure that it really was as good as it seemed to be. Clearly
"What is special about this rare example is
that it was struck from bullion captured at the Battle of Vigo Bay
against the Spanish," said ATG's coins correspondent Richard
Mr Falkiner added that he and others had
"raised their eyebrows" at what they deemed a stiff £80,000-120,000
estimate, but were delighted to be proved wrong when the hammer
fell to Knightsbridge Coins at double the top end.
"This coin although very rare does
occasionally turn up," he said. "Spink sold one in 2005 for
£130,000 and they got a slightly inferior example away at £82,000
two years later."
The sale took placeon December 6.
Spink were also to the fore on December 5 with the gold coin
discovered in August 2012 at Cleybrooke Magna in Leicestershire,
only a dozen miles from the site of the Battle of Bosworth. The
Angel, dating to c.1484, and bearing Richard III's personal emblem
of the boar, features St Michael spearing the dragon on reverse and
a ship on the waves with a crucifix above a shield on the
Its excellent condition indicates that it
was lost when freshly minted, and it was described in Spink's
catalogue as 'essentially uncirculated'.
How was it
estimated? Spink's 2012 annual catalogue of British coins lists
this coin at a full retail price of £27,500. However, this example
was in even better condition than the 'very fine' specified. There
was also the fact that the timing of this sale coincided with the
recent identification of what are thought to be Richard III's
Spink opted for
a modest but tempting estimate of £12,000-15,000 but it trebled the
low end of that to take £36,000, selling to a private
Above: the c.1484 gold Angel from near
Bosworth which took £36,000 at Spink on December 5.
Specialist William MacKay said: "There was
fierce competition in the saleroom for this exceptional example of
an historically important coin from an interesting find location.
The result shows the demand continues to be strong for top quality,
rare English gold coins."
Woolley and Wallis have made another valuable coin find, this
time among the collection of a boy who died, aged just 20, as the
result of a mountaineering accident in 1960.
It is a very rare United States 1796 copper
half-cent, of which only 1400 were struck, and is in superb
condition. It will be offered on January 22 with an estimate of