Item 105082 - Dutch lion daalder coin, Castine, 1641

Item 105082 - Dutch lion daalder coin, Castine, 1641
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Item 105082
Dutch lion daalder coin, Castine, 1641
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This Dutch lion daalder coin was part of a cache found at the mouth of the Bagaduce River, indicating the area's thriving trade in the 1600s. The coin was discovered more than two hundred years after its manufacture on the Grindle family farm. The observe featured a relief of a warrior, possibly Roman, holding a large shield decorated with a griffin and the text "FOE.BELG.GELMO.ARGPRO.CON." The reverse was stamped with a griffin and the text "NON.MOVETVRI64CONFIDENS.DNO."

Present day Castine was a contested area of overlapping Wabanaki, English and French claims for centuries. In 1674, during a period of French control, Dutch privateers attacked the fort and took the Baron of Saint-Castin (Jean Vincent d’Abbadie) and others hostage for ransom. When Saint-Castin returned to Castine in 1677, he established a trading post among Wabanakis on the Bagaduce River, about six miles from the old fort.

In 1684 Chief Madockawando’s daughter, Pidianiske (baptized as Molly Mathilde), married Saint-Castin and solidified the alliance between the French and Penobscot. Family ties and reciprocal relations gave Saint-Castin a stronger footing among Wabanaki people than the English settlers and traders encroaching up the coast.

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