Guatemala 1790-NG M 2 reales
Shown is a 1790 two reales from the Nueva Guatemala mint, of a type struck 1790-1808. 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 "M" is noted for the years 1785-1821. Harris notes that two reales of Guatemala are nearly as common as those of Mexico City, an observation not borne out by this author's experience. This date uses a large bust distinct from the usual style seen on later dates.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 6.77 g, .896 fine silver, .195 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 51.
- 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.