Guatemala 1765-G P 2 reales

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Shown is a 1765 two reales from the Guatemala mint, of a type issued 1760-1771. Gilboy[1] notes this date as 'R3' or very rare, with 11 to 25 pieces extant. Krause[2] notes the rarity of this date and does not list prices for lack of records. The piece is well worn, weighing in at somewhat under the acceptable minimum for an uncirculated strike.

Mexican numismatists hotly debate which side of the coin constitutes the obverse. Gilboy[1] 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.

Specification: 6.77 g, 0.917 fine silver, 0.1995 oz ASW; this specimen 6.17 g.

Catalog reference: G-2-13, KM 25.

Sources:

  • [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.
  • [3]Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Eighteenth Century 1701-1800, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.
  • Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
  • Robinson, Charles, The Coins of Central America, 1733-1965, San Benito, TX: 1965.

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