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Portuguese coin, Portland, 1752

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MMN Item 100333 Item Details
Portuguese coin, Portland, 1752
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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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