Granada (18)24 real

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Ponterio sale 150, lot 9483
Stack's Bowers 2015 NYINC sale, lot 1331
Nicaragua Stacks Jan15-1331r.jpg

The first coin was lot 9483 in Ponterio sale 150 (Los Angeles, August 2009), where it sold for $3,680. The catalog description[1] noted, "NICARAGUA. Granada. Real, (18)24-DG-J. Ex: Ponterio & Associates January 2006 Auction, lot #2019, where it sold for $3,650. EXTREMELY RARE. Only a few examples known. One small planchet flaw. Toned, VERY FINE+." The second specimen was lot 1331 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $2,937.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "NICARAGUA. Granada. Real, (18)24 with Lion countermark. NGC VF-20. Host coin is a Nicaraguan provisional 1 Real produced in imitation of Spanish colonial cob coinage. The obverse quadrants exhibit the letter "J-G" and "D-G" for Junta de Granada and Departamento de Granada respectively. The reverse design mimics that of the traditional cross type colonial cobs bearing the arms of Castile & Leon, however the lions have been replaced with pomegranates. The obverse has been countermarked with a radiant liberty cap, attributed to Leon Nicaragua (see Jara Figure 7) as documented on contemporary fiscal papers of 1824. EXTREMELY RARE. Toned. Some minor deposits. Deeply countermarked." In the edition of the SCWC cited below, the coin is listed under Honduras.

Recorded mintage: Unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: KM-6 (footnote mentions the previous sale of this specific coin); Cruz-Pg44; second specimen KM-6; Jara-pg.49, Figure14 (for host type, see pg. 33 Figure-8/10 for countermark).


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 150: The 2009 Los Angeles ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2009.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.

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