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.
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
Cross Reference Searches
Standardized Subject Headings
- Tate, George, 1700-1794
- Merchants--United States--History--18th century
- Tate House (Portland, Me.)
- Merchants--United States--History--19th century
- Tate, George, 1700-1794--Homes and haunts--Maine--Portland
- Tate Family
- Copper coins--Portugal
- Ship captains
For more information about this item, contact:Tate House Museum
1267 Westbrook Street, Portland, ME 04102
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