Guatemala 1779-NG P 4 reales

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from Sedwick Treasure Auction 21, lot 1463

This specimen was lot 1463 in Sedwick Treasure Auction 21 (Winter Park, FL, May 2017), where it sold for $399.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Guatemala, bust 4 reales, Charles III, 1779P, ex-Richard Stuart. Nice VF with light toning, no problems for the grade. 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, .917 fine silver, .399 troy oz ASW, this specimen 13.40 grams.

Catalog reference: CT-1061; KM-35.2.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Sedwick, Daniel F., Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction #21, featuring Selections from the Richard Stuart Collection, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC, 2017.

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