Guatemala 1790-NG M 8 reales KM 53

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Aureo sale 238, lot 79
This specimen was lot 79 in Aureo & Calicó sale 238 (Barcelona, November 2011), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"1790. Guatemala. M. 8 reales. Primer año de busto propio. Golpecitos. Parte de brillo original. Muy rara. (MBC+/EBC-). (eight reales of 1790, Guatemala mint, first year of the proper bust (of Charles IV), nicks, some luster, very rare, about extremely fine.)"
This coin shows the standard bust of Charles IV as used throughout Latin America 1791-1808. Guatemala was the only mint to use this bust in 1790. As this date is much rarer than the later dates in the series, one is forced to conclude that these coins were made in 1791 but backdated.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .896 silver, .780 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cal. 619, KM 53.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Colleción Leunda, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó Subastas Numismáticas, 2011.
  • Elizondo, Carlos A., Eight Reales and Pesos of the New World, San Antonio, TX: 1968.
  • Raymond, Wayte, The Silver Dollars of North and South America, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1964.

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