Guatemala 1791-NG M 2 reales
This specimen was part of lot 35319 in Heritage sale 3038 (Dallas, January 2015), which sold for $646.25. The catalog description noted, "Charles IV Lot of Nineteen Colonial 2 Reales, All KM51. Various dates and grades. Average grade is Fine. From The Santa Maria Collection." Shown is a 1791 two reales from the Nueva Guatemala mint, of a type struck 1790-1808. 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. Assayer "M" is noted for the years 1785-1821. Harris notes that two reales of Guatemala are nearly as common as those of Mexico City.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 6.77 g, .896 fine silver, .195 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 51.
- Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3038, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.