Spanish coin excavated at a British Revolutionary War camp

Object Number: 
INV.5924.414
Date: 
1756
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 in. ( 2.5 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: (414), front of coin: "FRD.VI.D.G.HISP.ET IND.R" and "R 2" next to arms; on back "QUE VNUM*M*1756 o/M VIRA" , "PLUS" and "NLTP" on banners wrapped around pillars
Description: 
Silver Spanish coin excavated at the British military camp on the Dyckman farm in Washington Heights, Manhattan; disk embossed with royal symbols and royal arms on front and back; inscribed on both sides.
Gallery Label: 
This coin was excavated by Reginald P. Bolton, William L. Calver, and others before 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. Spanish coins were used as currency in New York and in other colonies, and were often used by British military authorities to pay soldiers, particularly Hessians.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Washington Headquarters Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1947
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group