||Anne Sixpence 1703-VIGO, S-3590, Pre-Union issue, MS63 NGC. Beautiful bright blue iridescent toning. The portrait and reverse shield are pleasing, but an ancient rectangular scratch appears in the field before the queen's face. Minted from silver specie captured in a famous battle at Vigo Bay in 1702 near the beginning of the War of the Spanish Succession. In triumph, the British placed the taunting hallmark "VIGO" in bold letters beneath the queen's portrait.
Realized $763.75. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.