Coin found in New York City

Object Number: 
1893.5p
Date: 
1780-1790
Medium: 
Copper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 in. ( 2.5 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: (1893.5p), on front: "GEORGIVS III REX"; on back: "HIBERNIA 178..." (last number is an 8or 2)
Description: 
Copper coin; profile bust of King George III on front; on back is a British crown atop an Irish harp; inscribed on both sides.
Gallery Label: 
This coin was found in February, 1893 inside the buried hulk of a vessel during digging for a power house on the cable road at Front Street, between Broad and Whitehall Streets in lower Manhattan. The ship was probably sunk as ballast for landfill sometime between 1770 and 1820.
Credit Line: 
Gift of John D. Crimmins, 1893
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group