Guatemala 1770-G P 8 reales
The example shown is a 1770 8 reales from the Guatemala mint. Gilboy lists several varieties for this date, most of which involve differences in the orientation and placement of certain letters. The pictured coin, which has an inverted 'N' in the word HISPAN, is not listed. 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-8-19.
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