Guatemala 1766-G P 8 reales

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from the Acanthite collection
from the Acanthite collection

The example shown is a 1766 8 reales from the Guatemala mint. Gilboy[1] lists two major varieties for this date, the example here does not have lower curves visible on the small pillar crowns. It is rated by Gilboy[1] as being very rare. While Guatemala pillar dollars are scarce compared to the issues of Mexico City or Potosi, they are available for a price. The four and eight reales from this mint are more common than the smaller denominations.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .917 fine silver, 0.798 troy oz ASW, decorated edge.

Catalog reference: KM 27.1; FC-18a; El-21; Gilboy G-8-15a.

Sources:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Elizondo, Carlos A., Eight Reales and Pesos of the New World, San Antonio, TX: 1968.
  • [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.

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