One of Britain's rarest coins will go under the hammer at an Essex auction house next month after being discovered in a little boy's toy box...Via Nothing To Do With Arbroath.
The coin is one of only twenty made from the 7.5lbs of gold seized from Spanish treasure ships by the British in Vigo Bay, northern Spain, on October 23, 1702...
"My grandad had travelled all over the world during his working life and had collected many coins from the various countries he had been," the vendor said. "He gave me bags of coins to play with throughout my early years because I was into pirate treasure. "I looked back through the coins, remembering the stories I made up about them when I was small, and then gave them to my own son to play with and put into his own treasure box. "My little boy has been playing with this coin as I did all those years ago."..
The coin, only the sixth example of its type to be offered for sale in the last 50 years, is expected to break Boningtons' record of £200,000, set by the sale of a painting by Sir Winston Churchill earlier this year.
23 November 2016
Rare gold coin found in child's toy box