Tunbridge Wells widow finds coin worth £300,000

Tunbridge Wells widow finds coin worth £300,000

A widow from Tunbridge Wells received a final gift from her late husband when she found a gold coin among his belongings – which sold at auction for £300,000.

The unnamed woman took the Queen Anne Vigo Five Guinea piece into Gorringes on Mount Pleasant for valuation, where she was amazed to learn the extremely rare coin was made by the Royal Mint in 1703 with gold taken from a Spanish treasure ship.

Only 20 to 30 guineas were minted and the newly discovered piece was valued at up to £120,000, only to more than double this estimated auction.