Irish coins (2) excavated at a British Revolutionary War camp
largest: 1 in. ( 2.5 cm )
stamped: (7), front of coin: "GEORGIVS III REX" on back: "HIBERNIA/1775" stamped: (8), front of coin: "GEORGIVS........REX" on back: "HIBERNIA/1760"
Copper coins excavated at the British military camp on the Dyckman farm in Washington Heights, Manhattan; disks embossed on front with a profile bust of George III and on back with a British crown above an Irish harp; inscribed on both sides.
These coins were excavated by Reginald P. Bolton and others prior to the formation of the Field Exploration Committee in 1918, at the British camp on the Dyckman farm, between Seaman and Payson Avenues and at 204th St. in Washington Heights. The coins may have been carried by soldiers of the 17th British Regiment, which sailed from Ireland and arrived in Boston on December 8, 1775. The regiment garrisoned the camp during the winter of 1778-79, and was captured at Stony Point on July 15, 1779.
Gift of the Washington Headquarters Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1947
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