For the second time in four years, noncollectors have located a 1703 Vigo Bay gold 5-guinea coin in the inherited belongings of their families, according to the greater London auction house Boningtons Auctioneers.
The wreck of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha is arguably the most famous shipwreck discovered in modern America, so when items salvaged from the Florida wreck are sold at auction, it’s notable. Daniel Frank Sedwick’s Nov. 12 and 13 Treasure and World Coin auction No. 20 features a silver bar from the 1622 wreck weighing more than 82 pounds.
Also this week, we looked back at a four-year period when paper was being turned into silver en masse, profiled the market for special slabs, and explored a few numismatic series in which high grades are not necessarily what a collector wants.
The vibrant colors of autumn are visible on two new limited-mintage commemorative coins from the Royal Canadian Mint. The RCM has issued a Proof 2016 .9999 fine silver $20 coin and a Proof 2017 .9999 fine gold $250 coin that both celebrate the splendor of the season.
Boningtons Fine Art Auctioneers announced Oct. 23 that it will be offering a British Queen Anne “Vigo” gold 5-guinea coin struck from gold seized by the British from a Spanish fleet in Vigo Bay on Oct. 23, 1702, exactly 314 years before the Boningtons announcement was made.
The Pobjoy Mint’s final gold Christmas Angel bullion coin for the Isle of Man presents the gifts associated with the birth of the Christ child. The Pobjoy Mint has issued annually a limited mintage Angel 20th-ounce gold coin for the Isle of Man to celebrate the Christmas season.
Recent offerings of major collections, as well as scattered highlights of iconic coins, provide proof that the top end of the market is, for the most part, cruising right along. Some weakness is evident when material isn’t superb quality, but top items bring top prices.
When the Treaty of Amiens was broken and the British declared war, Napoleon commissioned a medal to attack Britain’s actions and show the French reaction. An apparently unique and previously unknown gold version of this medal, from the estate of the Bonaparte family, is heading to auction.
Walt Disney’s character Mickey Mouse is the latest subject of the Monnaie de Paris’ Youth series of collector coins. The series offers several different pieces in gold and silver, some with color.
Military leaders are a popular subject of world coins. A pair of popular world coins are the 1947-S coins from the Philippines honoring Gen. Douglas MacArthur, the American general. A 50-centavo coin is a companion to a silver peso also showing the general.