Guatemala 1928 10 centavos

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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Heritage sale 3042, lot 30009
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This type was struck for Guatemala by the Royal Mint in London 1928-38 and at Philadelphia in 1943. A similar type with slightly different lettering (KM 239.1) was issued 1925-49. In 1949, the denomination was redesigned to place the Monolito de Quirigua, a Mayan stele, on the obverse, which design is still in use, tho it is no longer issued in silver. This date is common except in uncirculated. The second specimen was lot 30009 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $1,116.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic Proof 10 Centavos 1928-(L) PR66 Cameo NGC, London mint, KM239.2. Rare in Proof quality, this luminous specimen presents glossy surfaces with just a hint of dappled tone and lightly-frosted design features that are both illustrative and highly engaging. A sharp jewel in all regards, highly-coveted in this elite classification."

Recorded mintage: 500,000.

Specification: 3.33 g, .720 fine silver, .077 oz ASW, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: KM 239.2.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Robinson, Charles, The Coins of Central America, 1733-1965, San Benito, TX: 1965.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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