Coinage at French & Indian War Sites in Northern New York State

Author(s): David R. Starbuck

Year: 2017


Archaeology conducted by SUNY Adirondack and Plymouth State University at British military sites located along the Hudson River and in Lake George, New York, has recovered much colonial coinage that will be summarized here.

Twenty-five years of excavations at British military encampments dating to the French & Indian War in northern New York State has revealed that mid-18th-century commerce was conducted with a combination of British and Spanish currency--a mixture of low-denomination English copper coins and nearly equal numbers of Spanish silver coins.  While only a thin scattering of coins has been found at British hut, tent and barracks sites, the buying and selling that went on in business establishments--sutling houses and taverns--required that coins be used with far greater frequency, leaving behind a far richer archaeological record.  Colonial coinage will be discussed from several 1750s' contexts, revealing a lively cash economy at some of these sites.

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Coinage at French & Indian War Sites in Northern New York State. David R. Starbuck. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435342)


Temporal Keywords
18th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 109