August’s Treasure of the Month is a group of Spanish silver reales from the 1715 Fleet collected by a long time resident of Florida’s renowned Treasure Coast. Our collector was not especially sophisticated in numismatics (as demonstrated by the fact that he kept the coins in a purple cloth “Crown Royal” bag) but knew enough to obtain dated pieces (as all of the coins exhibit either a full or partial date). When and how he acquired these coins is unknown.
Consisting of eight 8 reales and one 4 reales, our small collection is a nice representative sample of larger denomination coins from the 1715 Fleet that came from the Spanish colonial mint at Mexico City. With a few exceptions most of the coins are not excessively corroded, have decent detail, good weight, interesting shapes, and as previously mentioned, full or partial dates. Here is our collection up close and personal: