Guatemala 1777-NG P 4 reales
This specimen was lot 23942 in Heritage Auctions sale 3005 (Long Beach, May 2009), where it sold for $195.50. The catalog description noted, "Carlos III 4 Reales 1777P, about VF, scarce type and a problem free coin." 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, .917 fine silver, .399 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 35.2.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Tucker, Warren and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3005: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2009.