French coin excavated at West Point
Overall: 1 in. ( 2.5 cm )
stamped: (170), front of coin: "D . GRATIA . LUDOV . XV"; "I NAVARRE . REX . 1773 + FRANCIAE ET"
Copper French coin excavated at West Point; disk with profile bust of the king on front; on back a royal crown above a coat of arms with three fleurs de lis; inscribed on both sides.
This coin was excavated by the Field Exploration Committee from the refuse dump of the Revolutionary War barracks at West Point, a series of forts and barracks built in Orange County, New York by the Continental Army. West Point was built to establish control of the Hudson River, and to guard the Hudson Highlands from an attack by the British Army stationed in New York City. The coin was probably brought to West Point along with the money and supplies that the French shipped to America.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.