Guatemala 1808-NG M 1/2 real
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. As no bust of Ferdinand VII was available in 1808, the bust of Charles IV, who abdicated in 1808, was used. This type is priced about triple that of Mexico.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 1.69 g, .896 fine silver, .049 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 60.
- Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.