Guatemala (1839) 4 reales KM-85.6

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Heritage sale 3038, lot 35354
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This specimen was lot 35354 in Heritage sale 3038 (Dallas, January 2015), where it sold for $270.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic Counterstamped 4 Reales ND (1839) VG Holed. Type II sun and volcanos Counterstamp upon Bolivia Cob 4 Reales 1769. Host coin is holed, counterstamp is Fine." The first specimen is a foreign crown counterstamped in Guatemala in 1840. It is a 'Type II', meaning that only the obverse was stamped. This particular method was used only in 1839. Foreign crowns were counterstamped from 1839-1841, during a time at which the Central American Republic was in a state of collapse and the country of Guatemala was emerging as an independent entity. Neither the silver nor the minting capacity was available to locally produce large denomination silver coins until 1859.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.54 g, .917 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 85.6.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3038, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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