Guatemala 1800-NG M 2 reales
Shown is a 1800 two 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 1785-1821. Harris notes that this type is as common as the contemporary Mexico City issue, a statement not confirmed by the author's experience, tho this type is much more available than preceding types.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 6.77 g, .896 fine silver, .195 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 51.
- 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.