Guatemala 1763-G 1/2 real
Shown is a 1763 ½ real from the Guatemala mint, of a type issued from 1760 to 1771. The Guatemala ½ real is the only example of Spanish colonial pillar coinage that omits the assayer's initial (should be P). Gilboy notes this date as 'R' or rare.
Mexican numismatists hotly debate which side of the coin constitutes the obverse. Gilboy depicts the shield side as the obverse as that side bears the king's name. However, auction catalogs and dealer listings more frequently use the pillars and globes side as the obverse, as that side bears the date.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specifications: 1.62 g, 0.917 fine silver, 0.0498 oz ASW.
Catalog reference: G-05-11, KM#23.
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