Item 105084 - Dutch three guilder (gulden) coin, Castine, 1682

Item 105084 - Dutch three guilder (gulden) coin, Castine, 1682
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Item 105084
Dutch three guilder (gulden) coin, Castine, 1682
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This Dutch coin was part of a cache found at the mouth of the Bagaduce River, indicating the area's thriving trade in the 1600s. The obverse featured a hatted figure holding a spear and the Latin text "HANC TVEMVR HAC NITIMVR," or "This we support, on this we depend." The reverse depicted a large royal crest with a "3" and a "G," and the text "MO:NO:ARGENT.ORDIN WESTF."

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.

In 1840, the Grindle family found hundreds of coins buried on their farm. It is possible that this coin was part of a secret stash from Saint-Castin’s trading post.

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