Guatemala 1794-NG M 4 reales
This specimen was lot 4134 in Goldberg sale 80 (Los Angeles, June 2014), where it sold for $517.50. The catalog description noted, "Guatemala. 4 Reales, 1794-NG M. Charles IV. Attractively toned. NGC graded EF-40." Shown is a 1794 four reales from the Nueva Guatemala mint, of a type struck 1790-1807. 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 1785-1836. Harris notes that this Charles IV denomination is more available than the quarter, half or one real but less common than the two or eight reales.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 13.54 g, .896 fine silver, .390 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 52.
- 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.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Frank Draskovic and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 80: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2014.