Framed set of coins (15)
largest: 1 1/4 in. ( 3.2 cm )
stamped: (1), on front of coin: "GEORGIVS III REX"; on back: "BRITAN....NIA/1774" stamped: (2), on front of coin: "GEORGIVS II REX" ; on back: "BRITAN....NIA/1747" stamped: (3), on front of coin: "GEORGIVS II REX" ; on back: "BRITAN....NIA/1749" (possib
Silver or copper coins; coins are inscribed on both sides; four copper British coins have a profile bust of King George on front and on back a female figure of Britannia leaning on a shield and holding a staff; six silver Spanish coins have symbols and royal arms on front and back: two have a profile bust on front; all other coins are copper: one Portuguese, one Dutch, and two German coins have inscriptions, arms and symbols.
These coins were excavated by the Field Exploration Committee at British Revolutionary War sites in Washington Heights. Five of the Spanish coins were found on Fort Washington Avenue, near the garrison camp of Fort Washington at 181st Street and Bennett Avenue. Three British and on Hessian coin were found in the military camp at 201st Street and 9th Avenue. Spanish coins were often used to pay Hessian soldiers.
Gift of the Washington Headquarters Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1947
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