Guatemala 1776-G P 4 reales

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Heritage sale 3020, lot 24230
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24230 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $3,525. The catalog description[1] noted, "Carlos III 4 Reales 1776-P, AU50 NGC, boldly defined features with toning in the legends, rare grade for the type." 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.

Catalog reference: KM 35.1.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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