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At the time of the Whetmore dispersal in 1943, the 1705 Five Guineas piece was thought of as a ‘proof’ striking and deemed more valuable than the renowned 1703 Vigo issue.

This example, graded ‘proof like’, had last been sold by Stack’s Bowers Galleries in New York in January 2012 for around $40,000.

The buyer's premium at Spink was 20%.