I don't know why - but the members of this Forum rarely share pics of the coins in their collections unless they are asking a question about them. Nobody ever seems to share pics just for the enjoyment of looking at the coins.
This is one of my favorite things to do. So in the hope that others will follow suit I will begin posting pics of some of the coins in my collection from time to time. It is also a very good way to learn about the various coins that have been struck over the years.
I collect many different types of coins - some from the US and some form various other countries in both silver & gold. The following is one of my favorites. It is an 8 reale struck at the Mexico City mint. A coin like this is the first coin in the Red Book. This is because it was the single most widely accepted and therefore widely circulated coin in Colonial America. These coins were legal tender in the US until 1857 - long after we began striking our own coins. They were issued in several denominations and were the basis for the denominations of US coinage that we still use today. If you have heard the terms - 2 bits, 4 bits, 6 bits - a dollar - this coin is where that originates.
The obverse -
The reverse -