Guatemala 1794-NG M 8 reales

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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. This type was struck 1791-1808. Assayer "M," for Manuel Eusebio Sanchez, is recorded for 1785-1836. The SCWC gives this date a slight premium over the common dates 1795, 1796, 1798 and 1800, but even the common dates are priced about four times higher than a contemporary Mexico City issue (see Mexico 1794 8 reales).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .896 fine silver, .78 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 53.


  • 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.

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