Guatemala 1769-G P 8 reales

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photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates
Aureo sale 238, lot 75
The first specimen was lot 7800 in Ponterio sale 152 (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $862.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "GUATEMALA. 8 Reales, 1769. One test mark on reverse. EXTREMELY FINE." 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. The second specimen was lot 75 in Aureo & Calicó sale 238 (Barcelona, November 2011), where it sold for 400 euro (about US$634 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"1769. Guatemala. P. 8 reales. Columnario. Escasa. MBC+. (eight reales of 1769, Guatemala mint, pillar type. Scarce, choice very fine.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: Cal. 818, KM 27.1; FC-18a; El-21; Gilboy G-8-18.


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  • 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 152: The 2010 NYINC Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2009.
  • [2]Sisó, Teresa, Eduard Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Colleción Leunda, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó Subastas Numismáticas, 2011.

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