Guatemala 1926 1/4 quetzal

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The quetzal was introduced as a currency reform in 1925 to replace the peso. This type was struck 1926-29 only. The quetzal and half quetzal were replaced by banknotes; the others were struck at their weight standards until 1964. The curious .720 silver alloy seems to have been inspired by the contemporary Mexican silver 50 centavos (KM 447, struck 1919-45). At 8.33 g, .720 fine, it matches the quarter quetzal exactly. The denomination was not resumed until 1943.

Recorded mintage: 2,000,000.

Specification: 8.333 g, .720 fine silver, .192 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 243.1.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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