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    Betts-93. 1702 American Treasure Captured at Vigo. White metal. XF. 57.2 mm, 55.3 gm. By Martin Smeltzing. Winged Fame atop an ancient rostral column with Spanish and French banners, dividing burning or captured Spanish and French fleets in Spain's Atlantic port of Vigo after defeat by British and Dutch forces and seizure of Spanish-American treasure fleet. Unicorn, eagle, and lion support a massive trophy of ships, fortress and massed banners including those of Spain, the Empire, Britain, France with a Medusa head at center. This is a somewhat tangled design that intermingles emblems of both victors and vanquished. The British and Dutch triumphed, and much of the captured gold and silver was reborn as the VIGO coinage of Queen Anne. Silvery surfaces testify to exceptional preservation of this remarkable piece.
    Ex: Chris Eimer (1/2003).
    From The John W. Adams Collection.


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