1061099 | UNITED STATES, Colonial & Related. New Jersey. c.1670 CU St. Patrick Farthing. NGC VF20BN (Brown).
Edge: Reeded. 24mm. FLO(REA)T REX • (May the King prosper). King David playing harp, crown above with impressed brass plug on flan intact /
QVIESCAT P(LEBS). St. Patrick standing. Church to the right and vanquished serpents to the left. W-11500.
Brass plugs were a feature added to discourage counterfeiting. These pieces officially circulated as currency in the State of New Jersey, as well as in the Isle of Man. They are also referred to as Mark Newby coinage. Newby was a Dublin shopkeeper who immigrated to West Jersey (today's New Jersey) in 1681. Having brought with him a quantity of coins, and being a member of the West Jersey Legislature, he was influential in passing an act on May 8, 1682 which led to making these official currency beneficial for small transactions.
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