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It is this type of silver shilling that Jack tenders. British silver shillings are found by our friends in England using their trusty metal detectors. The design on these coins began in 1666, during the reign of King Charles II, and continued to 1798, during the reign of King George III. While most common in England, they are found all over the world, where ever English ships carried English goods. This coin was lost hundreds of years ago, but now enjoys a new life in your collection!
Note from Robert: it looks like this coin may have been caught between two hard objects, almost like a cart rolled over part of it on a cobblestone street... very interesting!
Port Royal was a city located at the end of the Palisadoes at the mouth of the Kingston Harbor, in southeastern Jamaica. Founded in 1518, it was the center of shipping commerce in the Caribbean Sea during the latter half of the 17th century. It was destroyed by an earthquake in 1692. Port Royal was once home to privateers employed to nip at superpower Spain’s empire when smaller European powers dared not directly make war on Spain. As a port city, it was notorious for its gaudy displays of wealth and loose morals and was a popular homeport for the English and Dutch sponsored privateers to spend their treasure during the 17th century. When those governments abandoned the practice of issuing letters of marque against the Spanish treasure fleets and possessions in the later 16th century, many privateers turned pirate and used the city as their main base during the heyday of the Caribbean pirates in the 17th century. Pirates from around the world congregated at Port Royal coming from waters as far away as Madagascar.
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