Guatemala 1772-G P 1/2 real
Shown is a 1772 one real from the old Guatemala mint, first year of a type struck 1772-87. In 1776, an earthquake demolished Antigua Guatemala (including the mint) and a new city was built some miles away. To mark the move, the mintmark was changed to "NG" ("Nueva Guatemala", still the capital of Guatemala) on all issues of 1777 and after. Harris notes that Guatemala is the second rarest mint (after Bogota) for portrait one reales of Charles III; he counted over three times as many Mexico City one reales of the same type.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 1.69 g, .903 fine silver, .049 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 33.1.
- Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
- Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.