Guatemala 1804-NG M real

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Heritage sale 3035, part of lot 33915
Guatemala H3035-33915d.jpg
from Stack's Bowers 2017 NYINC sale, lot 6662
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The first specimen was part of lot 33915 in Heritage sale 3035 (Long Beach, September 2014), which sold for $646.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "Lot of Four silver Coins and Medals, 1/4 Real 1801, 1 Real Proclamation Medal 1789, 1 Real 1804, 1 Real Proclamation Medal 1847. Average grade VF/XF. An interesting grouping." The second specimen was lot 6662 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $881.25. The catalog description[2] noted, "GUATEMALA. Real, 1804-NG M. NGC MS-65. Fresh and frosty surfaces showing no signs of handling or disturbance. Nice thin band of glowing golden orange and blue at rim framing the king's bust. The finest certified example." Shown are 1804 one reals 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; Cal-Type 127 #1088.


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  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón9-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, and Warren Tucker, Heritage Signature Auction 3035, World and Ancient Coins, featuring the FoxLair Collection and the Law Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, The January 2017 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Richard Stuart Collection, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.

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