Currency and Specie

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Currency and Specie

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Purpose of this page

This page provides a dictionary of currency and specie taken from mid-C17th High Court of Admiralty documents.

MarineLives project members are encouraged to add to the terms listed and to add short illustrative snippets from sample transcriptions available at Admiralty Court Cases. The appropriate HCA reference, together with folio number, if available, should be noted in brackets after the snippet.






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Index



B

Barres (= barrs)
Bill of Exchange



D


Dollar (= doller) ("it being very notorious & well knowne to the sd M:r Wayn Wright & all other mrchants that use the East countrey trade that every Last of wheate payeth one dollar the charges at Stettin & Stralsound & the charges for Smacks & boates to bring y:e sd corne on board, & petty pilotage & other dutyes, all w:ch hee this rendent did really pay" (HCA 13/129 no f.))
Dollars (= dollers)



E


Peeces of eight ("she had aboard her in silver two XXX, one XXXX, two XXXXXXX, seaven or eight XXXXXX, and a tobacco box and seaven or eight peeces of eight; w:ch the said John Lopez had ashore at Milford. And otherwise hee cannot depose" (HCA 13/73))



G


Gilders ("agreed to allow and pay unto him the summe of two and twenty hundred gilders, holands money, amount'ing to two hundred and twenty pounds sterling or thereabouts" (HCA 13/73 Part Two))



L


Livres ("he did advise this deponent that hee had drawne upon Albertus Skinner of London Merchant for Accompte of the producente Daniell Skinner the Elder Daniell Skinner the younger & Thomas Skinner the summe of six thousand five hundred Livres Turnois" (HCA 13/69 no f.))



M


Lawfull English money
Monelos



P


Peeces of eight ("she had aboard her in silver two XXX, one XXXX, two XXXXXXX, seaven or eight XXXXXX, and a tobacco box and seaven or eight peeces of eight; w:ch the said John Lopez had ashore at Milford. And otherwise hee cannot depose" (HCA 13/73))



R


Ryalls ("the sayd Adrian Goldsmith did transfferre and ?sett over unto the sayd Christopher Boone severall parcells of silver in barrs, and Ryalls, and certayne quantities of Cotcheneale laden aboard the Sampson Salvador St George and Morning Starr aclate in consideration of the severall summes of two hundred thousand Realls" (HCA 13/71 f.372v))



S


Sterling



T


Tournois (= turnois) ("deposeth That the double shallup or frigat named the ffrancis late of Deepe and nowe of this port of London of the burthen of thirteene tonnes or thereabouts where of David Barre was and is master was really and bona fide bought by John Samborne merchant (having procucacon from this deponent to that purpose) of the master David Barre at Caen in Normandie on or about the thirtieth day of March last past (newe stile) for the price and summe of twelve hundred and twenty livred Tournois upon and for the sole and proper accompt of hee this deponent really and truely paid for the same with his effects remayning in the said Sambornes hands" (HCA 13/69 no f.))