Portuguese coin, Portland, 1752

Contributed by Tate House Museum


This Portuguese ten Reis coin was found during an archaeological excavation at Tate House in Portland in 1951.

This type of coin, possibly traded in Madeira or the Azores for wine and other products, was used widely in colonial New England by merchants such as Captain George Tate.

One side has the Latin inscription Portugaliae et Algarbiorum Rex and the numerals "X/1752." On the reverse, Josephus I Dei Gratia surrounds a crowned coat-of-arms.

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About This Item

  • Title: Portuguese coin, Portland, 1752
  • Creation Date: 1752
  • Subject Date: 1752
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Copper
  • Dimensions: 3.49 cm x 3.49 cm
  • Local Code: 1951.3
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Tate House Museum
1267 Westbrook Street, Portland, ME 04102
(207) 774-6177

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