S.3576, Crown (Vigo) -
Anne (1702-1714), Crown, 1703 VIGO, edge TERTIO (ESC 1340 ; S 3576). Ex Antony Scammell, images courtesy of DNW.
The Battle of Vigo Bay occurred on 23rd October 1702 and it was after the Battle that the treasure largely of silver, with a tiny proportion of gold was captured and transported back to Southampton. From there the treasure was brought with great pomp and ceremony to London, overseen by the Mint Master himself, Isaac Newton, to then be turned into coinage at the Royal Mint in the Tower of London.