Guatemala 1938 5 centavos

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This type was minted in large numbers 1928-43 by the Royal Mint in London for Guatemala. A very similar type with slightly different lettering (KM 238.1) was issued 1925-49. All dates are reasonably available tho nice specimens can take some searching. In 1950, the quetzal on the obverse was replaced by a ceiba or kapok tree, which design is still in use, tho no longer in silver.

Recorded mintage: 300,000 (lowest mintage date).

Specification: 1.67 g, .720 fine silver, .038 oz ASW, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: KM 238.2.


  • 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.

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