Guatemala (1838) 8 reales cob

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This specimen is a Guatemala eight reales cob, originally minted in the 1750's and counterstamped in 1838-41 to authorize its continued circulation. The type I and type II countermarks were applied to one side only; the type III and type IV were applied to both sides. The type I shows the sun at left behind a single volcano; the type II (shown here) shows the sun rising over three volcanoes. It seems to be the most common countermark and was applied to a variety of Bolivian, Peruvian, Mexican, Guatemalan cob two, four and eight reales. Most survivors are holed.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver (see original host coin).

Catalog reference: KM 102.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.

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