Guatemala 1768-G P 2 reales
Shown is a 1768 two reales from the Guatemala mint, of a type issued 1760-1771. It was lot 8348 in the June 2011 Baltimore Auction – Sale #92 by Stacks Bowers Auctions, where it sold for $201. Gilboy notes this date as 'R2' or very rare. This issue is commonly holed, as is clear in this example.
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.
Specification: 6.77 g, 0.917 fine silver, 0.1995 oz ASW.
Catalog reference: G-2-16, KM 25.
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