Early October 1627, four Dutch ships, the Campen, Vliegende Draeck, Prince William and Terschellingh, found themselves off the Isle of Wight in a severe storm. The ships tried to navigate through the gap in the Needles. The Campen was unsuccessful when it was driven towards the western Needles Rocks and became a total loss. The ship was partially salvaged in 1628 by “Jacob the Diver”, and again in June of 1979. The 1979 salvage efforts yielded approx. 8000 coins. The coins were officially called Leeuwendaalder, but more commonly known as a “lion daalder.” These coins were widely used in the American English colonies in the 17th and 18th century. The word “Dahler most likely is the origin of the American word “Dollar.”

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