Guatemala 1773-G P 4 reales
This specimen was lot 1461 in Sedwick Treasure Auction 21 (Winter Park, FL, May 2017), where it sold for $305.50. The catalog description noted, "Guatemala, bust 4 reales, Charles III, 1773P, ex-Richard Stuart. Toned Fine with traces of luster, a few old marks, parts of rims crude, scarce and desirable first type. Pedigreed to the Richard Stuart collection." In 1776, an earthquake demolished Antigua Guatemala (including the mint) and a new city was built some miles away. To mark the move, the mintmark was changed to "NG" ("Nueva Guatemala", still the capital of Guatemala) on all issues of 1777 and after. Assayer "P" is noted for the years 1759-85. Unlike the other colonial mints, Guatemala portrait four reales are not so rare compared to other denominations. Guatemala issues are notably cruder than other mints.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 13.53 g, .903 fine silver, .390 troy oz ASW, this specimen 13.21 grams.
Catalog reference: CT-1056; KM-35.1.
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