Guatemala 1795-NG M real
This specimen was part of lot 35275 in Heritage sale 3038 (Dallas, January 2015), where it sold for $587.50. The catalog description noted, "Charles IV Lot of Sixteen Colonial 1 Real Coins, Various dates. Average grade is Fine. From The Santa Maria Collection." Shown is a 1795 one real from the Nueva Guatemala mint, of a type struck 1791-1808. 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. This type is considerably scarcer than the catalog indicates.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.38 grams, .896 fine silver, .097 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 54.
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- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3038, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.