Guatemala 1790-NG M 4 reales KM-52

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Heritage sale 3035, part of lot 33893
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This specimen was part of lot 33893 in Heritage sale 3035 (Long Beach, September 2014), which sold for $381.88. The catalog description[2] noted, "Two Scarce Colonial 4 Reales 1790-M 1808-M, 1790, with portrait of Charles IV, KM52, F/VF. 1808, with portrait of Ferdinand VII, KM63, Fine." Shown is a 1789 four reales from the new Guatemala mint, from 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. Harris[1] notes that Guatemala is the third commonest mint (after Potosi and Mexico) for portrait four reales of Charles IV.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.

Specification: 13.53 g, .896 fine silver, .389 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 52.


  • [1]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.
  • [2]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, and Warren Tucker, Heritage Signature Auction 3035, World and Ancient Coins, featuring the FoxLair Collection and the Law Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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