Guatemala 1789-NG M 2 reales
Shown is a 1789 two reales from the new Guatemala mint, from a type struck 1789-90. 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. Harris notes that Guatemala is the second rarest mint (after Bogotá) for portrait one reales of Charles III; he counted over three times as many Mexico City one reales of the same type. This type, technically struck for Charles IV, bears the portrait of Charles III.
Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.
Specification: 6.76 g, .896 fine silver, .195 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 43.
- Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.