History, Information, and Value of 1702 Capture of American Treasure at Vigo Medal
Value of 1702 Capture of American Treasure at Vigo Medal
This medal commemorates the British, German, and Dutch victory over the Spanish at the port of Vigo. Obverse displays a bust of Queen Anne, her hair piled up on her head with a lovelock over her shoulder. Unlike other Vigo Bay commemorative medals, she wears a crown and the shoulder of her dress is fasted at the front with a broach. Around her head is her Latin title, “Anna, by the grace of God, Queen of Great Britain, France and Ireland.” Reverse displays an aerial view of the naval battle, with smoke rising in the distance. Around the scene is written, “The French and Spanish fleets taken and burnt” and in exergue, “At Vigo, Oct 12, 1702”. The dies are believed to have been cut by Christian Wemuth who closely based the design off of similar medals by John Croker.