Coins of 1635 Maine

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  1. TylerH

    TylerH Well-Known Member

    Hi all

    My last name is Ham. My 9th great grandfather and the first Ham in America came to Maine in 1635.

    Wondering what the coinage of that era and location would have been? Would like to have one!

    Thank you.
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  3. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Just a random nobody who doesn’t know anything...

    The coinage would have been whatever was brought over from Europe at that time.
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  4. Paul M.

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  5. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    There was more than just coins, most common people use Trade Items as a means of bartering. Do you have any idea what your 9GGF did for a living?
    New England at that time was predominantly French and English.
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  6. TylerH

    TylerH Well-Known Member

    Thank you all so far! He was born in 1597 (about) in England and traveled to Maine as an indentured servant in 1635 on the ship SPEEDWELL. From Maine he moved to what is now known as Portsmouth, NH (then called Strawberry Banke) He died there in 1672. An old man for those days. In fact his nickname was “Old Ham”

    Fun fact. He was accused of witchcraft in 1656 but that’s all we know. Apparently the accusation didn’t go far.

    I believe his occupation was a builder.
  7. Mainebill

    Mainebill Wild Bill

    In 1635 coinage would be a mix of Spanish and English predominantly as well as other European countries. Hard money was scarce and barter was prevalent. As well as wampum was used during this time period with the native Americans. A cool coin to get that likely he saw was a Massachusetts oak or pine tree piece
  8. geekpryde

    geekpryde Husband and Father

    Pine Tree shilling comes to mind. We were still part of Massachusetts then.

    I would LOVE to own one. Sadly, it will probably never happen for me.

    PCGS Coin Facts Pine Tree Shilling


    This is how is represent Maine in my collection:

    1936 50C SILVER COMMEMORATIVE YORK PCGS MS65 30048318 CAC Obv Closeup.jpg

    1936 50C SILVER COMMEMORATIVE YORK PCGS MS65 30048318 CAC Rev Closeup.jpg

    Attached Files:

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  9. messydesk

    messydesk Well-Known Member

    This, but the supply of coinage wasn't terribly reliable, as there was no coinage made in the colonies at that time. From

    The first legislation of the Massachusetts General Court regarding money, passed on March 4, 1635 stated: (quoted from Crosby, p. 26)

    It is ordered that hereafter farthings shall not passe for currant pay. -
    It is likewise ordered, that muskett bulletts of a full boare shall passe currantly for a farthing apeece, provided that noe [i.e. no] man be compelled to take above xiid [12d, that is a shilling] att a tyme in them.
    The farthings referred to are base metal tokens, but musket bullets had more intrinsic value, so they became de facto money.
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  10. TylerH

    TylerH Well-Known Member

    So by the above logic, would it be safe to say that a 1635 farthing would be a fairly educated guess on a piece of currency he may have had?

    The SPEEDWELL landed in Maine April 29, 1635, so that currency would have maybe been circulating before he left?
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  11. messydesk

    messydesk Well-Known Member

    He probably had little to no currency, being an indentured servant. If you wanted a farthing from that period, they were not dated, so you'll just be looking for any Charles I farthing.
  12. l.cutler

    l.cutler Member

    At that early year musket balls and trade beads would be much more common currency than any coinage. The New England coinage would not come about for another 17 years. English copper, Spanish silver, Dutch coinage, maybe some French coins from Canada.
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  13. TylerH

    TylerH Well-Known Member

    I think a Charles I farthing would be a satisfactory representation for me. Thank you everybody for this information.
  14. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

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