Popham Colony Artifacts

Shilling coin, Popham Colony, ca. 1607

Shilling coin, Popham Colony, ca. 1607
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Maine State Museum

This silver shilling was minted between 1592 and 1595 in England and shows Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth. It was found at the 1607 Popham Colony site in what is today Phippsburg during a June 2010 excavation. The shilling may be the second oldest coin ever found in Maine.

On the reverse is a bead circle and a plain square with the top shield quartered with the arms of France and England, over a long cross with: Posvi de adivtorem mev (translation: I have made God my helper).

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