Denomination: 8 Reales
Reign: Philip V
Mount: Sterling Silver with 14K gold prongs and bale
History: On July 24, 1715, a fleet of eleven Spanish shops and one French ship departed Havana harbor bound for Cadiz, Spain under the command of Captain Juan Esteban de Ubilla and don Antonio de Echeverz. On board these vessels were four years of accumulated treasure that was desperately needed for the Spanish territory. On July 29th, 1715 the first signs of a hurricane appeared but despite every effort made by the crews to save their ships, on the 31st, the entire Spanish Fleet perished along Florida's East Coast. Spanning a region comprised of three counties, the findings of the wreckage gave birth to this region's namesake: Florida's Treasure Coast, where a lucky beachcomber may still to this day, stumble upon treasures intended for Spanish Royalty, but destined for the seafloor.