Guatemala 1805-NG M 4 reales
This specimen was lot 1472 in Sedwick sale 12 (Winter Park, FL, October 2012), where it sold for $330.40. The catalog description noted, "Guatemala, bust 4 reales, Charles IV, 1805M. Richly toned Fine+ with weak bust and center of shield, good rims, no problems, scarce type." Shown is a 1805 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, this specimen 13.2 g.
Catalog reference: KM-52; CT-796.
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