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A man found out that his son’s toy collection is much more valuable than he thought. He discovered that it held a gold coin that is worth more than £250,000. The man from Bishop Stortford, Essex knew about that coin but never believed that it had such a great value.
The man received the coin from his grandfather and once his son grew older, he gave the coin to him so that he could play treasure hunt. He did not think about the fact that the coin could be rare and expensive; he treated it like a simple toy.
The man became curious about this coin and he went to a coin specialist, Gregory Tong, in order to find out if the gold coin had any value at all. The specialist recognized the gold coin immediately. He knew that is was a rare 18th-century gold coin. This piece is known as a Queen Anne Vigo guinea piece.
The most interesting thing is that this coin is one of the last 15 specimes, which means that the gold coin is extremely rare and incredibly valuable. It is believed that the gold coin was made in 1703 in order to draw attention from the British because it failed to capture the Cadiz. After that, they captured the treasure ships that were carrying silver and gold.
Nobody knows how the gold coin ended up in his grandfather’s hands, but now his family might receive a fortune for it. The man who received the coin mentioned that his grandfather used to travel a lot and maybe this is how he managed to find the coin and give it to him.
The man mentioned that his granddad gave him bags full of coins because when he was little he loved to play pretend pirate treasure games. This is why he never believed that this gold coin was anything but a toy. The coin is going to be auctioned next month. Only 6 other coins like this have been offered for sale. The price with which the gold coin is going to be sold could be bigger than $300,000. This will break the record that the Bonington had. It could also break the record that was made this year by the painting of Winston Churchill.
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