Spanish coin excavated at West Point

Object Number: 
INV.5925.355
Date: 
1806
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5/8 in. ( 1.6 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: (355), front of coin: "DEI GRATIA . 1806 . CAROLUS . IIII . ; back: "HISPAN . ET . IND . R . M . T . H"
Description: 
Silver Spanish coin excavated at West Point; disk embossed on front with profile bust and on back with royal arms; inscribed on front and back.
Gallery Label: 
This coin was excavated by the Field Exploration Committee from a refuse dump near the nineteenth-century barracks at West Point, a series of forts and barracks in Orange County, New York built by the Continental Army in 1777. The presence of the coin at West Point, which became the seat of the United States Military Academy in 1802, indicates that foreign currency was still in circulation during the early Federal era, as it had been in Colonial and Revolutionary days.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group