Guatemala 1754-G J 8 reales

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Goldberg sale 69, lot 4886
Guatemala 1754 8 reales rev Goldberg 69-4886.jpg

This specimen was lot 4886 in Goldberg sale 69 (Los Angeles, May, 2012), where it sold for $1,552.50. The catalog description [2] noted, "Guatemala. 8 Reales, 1754-G J. Spanish 5. Ferdinand VI. Pillar type. Light grey toning. NGC graded Fine-15. Purchased by Private treaty from Mike Dunigan, The Dan Holmes Collection." Shown is a 1754 eight reales from the Guatemala mint, of a type issued 1754-60. All pillar coinage from Guatemala is scarce and many issues are rare. Gilboy[1] notes this date as "R" or "rare". Unlike the other colonial mints, Guatemala seems to have issued more four reales than any other denomination. Gilboy marks the half, one and two reales as "rare" and the eight reales as "scarce" to "normal." None are marked as common. Guatemala issues are notably cruder than other mints.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .917 fine silver, .798 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: G-8-1, Eliz-2; KM-18.

Sources:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Gilboy, Frank F., The Milled Columnarios of Central and South America: Spanish American Pillar Coinage, 1732 to 1772, Regina, Saskatchewan: Prairie Wind Publishing, 1999.
  • Yonaka, Brad, A Variety Guide to the Pillar Coinage of the Guatemala, Bogota, Lima, Potosi, and Santiago Mints, 1752-1771, Long Beach, CA: Agorocu Consulting, 2018.
  • [2]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Stephen Harvey and Paul Rynearson, Goldberg sale 69: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2012.

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