5 Guineas - Anne pre-union shields; VIGO


Issuer England (United Kingdom)
Queen Anne (1702-1714)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 1703
Value 5 Guineas (5.375)
Currency Pound sterling (1158-1970)
Composition Gold (.9167)
Weight 41.75 g
Diameter 37 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 282661
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References Sp# 3561,
Emma Howard (editor); 2021. Standard Catalogue of British Coins : Coins of England & the United Kingdom Pre-Decimal Issues (56th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom.
And 2 more volumes.
KM# 520.1
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 5 more volumes.


Draped bust of Queen Anne left, legend around.

Note: VIGO below bust


Translation: Anne by the Grace of God


Crowned cruciform shields around central rose with sceptres bearing national emblems in angles, divided date above, legend around.

Lettering: MAG· BR·FRA· ET·HIB REG·17 03·

Translation: Queen of Great Britain France and Ireland


Regnal year in Latin

Lettering: SECVNDO

Translation: Second (year of reign)


These coins were struck at 8 9/10 to the pound troy, giving a standard weight of 1 31/89 troy ounce (647.2 grains).

Following a successful Anglo-Dutch expedition against Spain, bullion seized at the Battle of Vigo Bay in October 1702 was sent to be minted into coin, and the coins made from this metal had the word VIGO below the bust.

This five guinea piece is one of the classic rarities in the British series with fewer than twenty examples known from three different dies.

The five guineas was valued at 107 shillings 6 pence (£5 7s 6d) between 1698 and 1717, when it was devalued to 105 shillings (£5 5s).

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