Guatemala 1733-G J 2 reales

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photo courtesy Daniel F. Sedwick, LLC

This type was struck 1733-46 at Guatemala. After repeated petitions, Guatemala was finally granted a mint in 1733. The equipment available was cast-offs from the Mexico City mint, so local officials were forced to begin by minting cobs just as Mexico City was transitioning to milled coinage. The coins of 1733-53 are cobs struck using pillar dies; Guatemala was the only mint to do this. The minors (half reales, one reales and two reales) are all very scarce despite their low catalog value. This specimen was lot 1270 in Sedwick sale 9 (Winter Park, FL, April 2011), where it sold for $1,092.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Guatemala, cob 2 reales, 1733J, very rare first year of issue. Vastly underpriced in the references, as it is seldom offered, this specimen with bold date and assayer, nice but off-center strike, richly toned Fine on a pleasingly squarish flan with no hole."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.77 g, .917 fine silver, .199 troy oz AGW, this specimen 6.4 grams.

Catalog reference: Cayón-8819, S-G1; KM-4; CT-1165.


  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Sedwick, Daniel F., Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction #9, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC, 2011.

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